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Sight to the Blind by Lucy S. Furman is a richly written and powerfully moving novel that explores the themes of loss, resilience, and redemption. The book offers a unique perspective on the protagonist's journey towards self-discovery, weaving together emotions, relatable characters, and a compelling storyline.

The story revolves around Sarah, a young woman who tragically loses her sight in a devastating accident. The loss of her vision plunges her into darkness, both literally and metaphorically, as she struggles to come to terms with her new reality. Furman's vivid descriptions of Sarah's initial despair and confusion truly capture the reader's empathy, making us feel the weight of her despair and yearning for a glimmer of hope.

As the narrative progresses, Sarah is introduced to a dedicated rehabilitation therapist, Martha, who becomes an essential figure in her life. Martha's compassion, encouragement, and unwavering belief in Sarah's potential allow her to begin her arduous journey towards regaining her independence. The genuine bond that forms between the two is heartwarming and adds a layer of depth to the story.

Furman's writing style beautifully captures the nuances of Sarah's experience, coaxing the reader to see the world through her eyes, or rather, her lack thereof. The author successfully portrays Sarah's heightened senses as she learns to rely on her hearing, touch, and intuition to navigate an unfamiliar world. This sensory awakening is mesmerizingly rendered, immersing the reader in Sarah's evolving perception of her surroundings.

What truly sets Sight to the Blind apart is its exploration of the human spirit's resilience and its capacity to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Sarah's journey is not only about restoring her physical sight but also about finding inner strength and embracing life with renewed purpose. The novel poignantly highlights the importance of perseverance and the transformative power of hope, leaving readers profoundly moved.

The minor characters in the book also contribute significantly to Sarah's growth. From the caring community at the rehabilitation center to the unexpected friendships she develops, Furman skillfully crafts a diverse and authentic cast of characters. Each interaction adds depth to Sarah's understanding of herself and the world around her, ultimately helping her to create a new, fulfilling life.

If there is one minor criticism to offer, it would be that the pacing occasionally feels uneven, with certain sections feeling rushed or lacking in detail. However, this minor shortcoming does not detract significantly from the overall impact and enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, Sight to the Blind is a profoundly touching and thought-provoking novel that captivates from beginning to end. Lucy S. Furman's powerful storytelling, combined with her ability to evoke empathy for her characters, makes this a compelling read. If you are looking for a book that explores the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of hope, then this poignant tale is well worth your attention.

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The illustrations reproduced in the Introduction to this volume have been selected from those in Miss Furman's "Mothering on Perilous."

Introduction Ida M. Tarbell


A more illuminating interpretation of the settlement idea than Miss Furman's stories "Sight to the Blind" and "Mothering on Perilous" does not exist. Spreading what one has learned of cheerful, courageous, lawful living among those that need it has always been recognized as part of a man's work in the world. It is an obligation which has generally been discharged with more zeal than humanity. To convert at the point of a sword is hateful business. To convert by promises of rewards, present or future, is hardly less hateful. And yet much of the altruistic work of the world has been done by one or a union of these methods.

That to which we have converted men has not always been more satisfactory than our way of going at it. It has often failed to make radical changes in thought or conduct. Our reliance has been on doctrines, conventions, the three R's. They are easily sterile almost sure to be if the teacher's spirit is one of cock sure pride in the superiority of his religion and his cultivation... Continue reading book >>

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