Monday, June 4, 2012

Helen Keller in Love: Definitely a Book to Look Forward To

Cover of Helen Keller in Love.
Helen Keller in Love: A Novel* is a novel by Rosie Sultan, which came out April 26 of this year.

The book explores a romance between Helen Keller and her secretary Peter Fagan. Although this is a fictional piece of work, the author has researched Helen Keller's life and it has a basis in fact.

I find Helen Keller an absolutely fascinating historical figure beyond what people think of as her disabilities. After she learned to communicate with Anne Sullivan, she graduated from Radcliffe College and became the author of twelve books. She was a radical, with anti-capitalist views and a membership in the Socialist Party and the Industrial Workers of the World, and she was always an advocate for people with deafness and blindness. So she went far beyond what is often portrayed of her, as a feral child who learns to communicate. She was much more than that.

I haven't read this book yet, as I'll have to wait until it becomes available for me to request at the library. I'm very interested in its portrayal of Helen Keller and the difficulties she faced.

Have you read it? What do you think of it? 

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