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Blind Man's Lantern   By: (1928-)

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Blind Man's Lantern by Allen Kim Lang is a thought-provoking and captivating novel that delves deep into the dark corners of the human psyche. Set in a small rural town, the story follows the life of the enigmatic protagonist, Johnathan Knox, who is haunted by a traumatic event from his past that caused him to lose his sight.

Lang's writing is incredibly evocative and poetic, painting vivid pictures of the town and its fascinating inhabitants. The author's descriptive prose transports the reader into Knox's world, allowing us to experience his blindness alongside him. Lang's ability to convey the sensory details of his surroundings in a way that resonates with all readers is truly impressive.

The central theme of the novel revolves around the profound impact that fear can have on an individual's life. As Knox navigates through his daily struggles, both physical and emotional, he becomes increasingly aware of the power fear holds over him. It is through his encounters with a mysterious lantern that he begins to confront and unravel his deepest fears, leading him on a remarkable and introspective journey of self-discovery.

One of the novel's greatest strengths lies in its complex and multi-dimensional characters. Each person Knox encounters is wonderfully fleshed out, with their own hopes, fears, and secrets. From the gruff yet kind-hearted bartender to the enigmatic woman who captures Knox's heart, these characters add depth and nuance to the narrative, keeping the reader invested throughout.

Blind Man's Lantern reminds us of the inherent goodness and resilience that exists within the human spirit. Despite the challenges he faces, Knox's inner strength and determination shine through, inspiring readers to confront their own fears and overcome adversity. This novel serves as a poignant reminder of the transformative power of self-reflection and the importance of embracing our own vulnerabilities.

Overall, Blind Man's Lantern is a beautifully written and deeply moving novel that explores the complexities of human emotions, the power of fear, and the resiliency of the human spirit. Allen Kim Lang's masterful storytelling and his ability to craft believable and relatable characters make this a must-read for fans of literary fiction.

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Transcriber's note.

This etext was produced from Analog December 1962. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

Blind Man's Lantern


Allen Kim Lang

Successful colonies among the stars require interstellar ships but they require, also, a very special kind of man. A kind you might not think to look for....

Illustrated by Schelling


Walking home in the dark from an evening spent in mischief, a young man spied coming toward him down the road a person with a lamp. When the wayfarers drew abreast, the play boy saw that the other traveler was the Blind Man from his village. "Blind Man," the youngster shouted across the road, "what a fool you be! Why, old No Eyes, do you bear a lantern, you whose midnight is no darker than his noonday?" The Blind Man lifted his lamp. "It is not as a light for myself that I carry this, Boy," he said, "it is to warn off you fools with eyes."

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The Captain shook hands with the black hatted Amishman while the woman stood aside, not concerning herself with men's business. "It's been a pleasure to have you and Fraa Stoltzfoos aboard, Aaron," the Captain said... Continue reading book >>

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