The Story of my life by Helen Keller: Book Review

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Helen Keller, the little deaf and blind girl was triumphed over adversity to become world famous.  Helen was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, to Captain Arthur Henry Keller, a confederate army veteran and a newspaper editor, and Kate Adams Keller.   By all accounts, she was a normal child.  But at 19 months, Helen suffered an illness – scarlet fever or meningitis that left her deaf and blind.  Although Helen learned basic household tasks and could communicate some of her desires through a series of signs, she did not learn language the way other children do.  Indeed, her family wondered how a deaf and blind child could be educated.  At the age of six, her mother managed to get a teacher, Anne Sullivan, to teach Helen.  After studying at the Wright Humason School for the Deaf and the Cambridge School for Young ladies, Helen entered Radcliff College in 1900 and finished her graduation in 1904.

The Story of My Life shows, Helen Keller’s life is neither a miracle nor a joke.  It is a tremendous achievement.  It is destined to be imprisoned in darkness and isolation for the rest of her life, Helen built upon the brilliant work of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, to become an inter-nationally recognized and respected figure.  In 1908 Helen published “The World I Live In”, an account of how she experienced the world through touch, taste and scent.  In magazine articles she advocated for increased opportunities for the blind and for improving methods of reducing childhood blindness.  In 1909, Helen joined the Socialist Party of Massachusetts and supported many progressive era causes, including birth control, labour unions and the right of women to vote.  In 1924, her popularity somewhat recovered, Helen began working as a lecturer fund-raiser for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB).

Helen was devastated when her companion Anne Sullivan died in 1936.  After the Second World War she toured more than thirty countries, continuing her advocacy for the blind.  In 1955, she published the biography of Anne Sullivan “Teacher”, and in 1957 “The Open door”, a collection of essays.  In 1964 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Lyndon Johnson.  On 1st June, 1968, she died at her home in Arcane Ridge, Connecticut.

I n the second part of the book, we can read the letters written by Helen to her beloved ones during 1887-1901.  It was quite interesting and informative with wonder and curiosity.  Through these letters, she opened her mind, saw, felt and touched the worlds of wonders.  They are exercises which have trained her to write.  The book “Story of My Life” is a story of courage and determination and a work of inspirational literature.  It is a very good book for any kinds of libraries.

by

B. Suredran, Librarian

Kendriya Vidyalaya, Shift II,

Pattom, TVM

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  3. debarati
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 15:11:59

    great…!!! thankxx a lot i was suppose to write a summary on it…
    thnxx i din have to read the hol book.. :)

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  4. Simran Negi
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 06:32:36

    its a really great novel..!!! i loved it.

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  5. ARAVIND118
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 07:14:45

    WE SURE DO IT

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  6. nikul
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 16:00:56

    thnxx

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  7. karimadi kuttan
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 16:02:25

    thankey ouy

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  8. aayushi somani
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 14:17:40

    nice …

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  9. veena krishna
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 05:43:51

    its really a very interesting book.i liked it

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  10. UJJWAL.M.NAIR
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 10:36:07

    It is a very good book , all people of all ages will love reading it.
    Thank u,

    Reply

  11. neetu
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 05:48:02

    what a boring book is this but it is too interesting

    Reply

    • surendranb
      Jun 23, 2013 @ 08:16:20

      Neetu,
      It is not boring. Your attitude towards reading the book is not positive. Hence this comment came to ur mind. How a boring book will be interesting. Can’t agree.

      Reply

  12. jatin nagpal
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 05:50:09

    oye hoye wat a story i don’t like it

    Reply

  13. megha
    Jun 11, 2013 @ 05:12:04

    this is a wonderful book all of us read this to get inspirations
    thank you

    Reply

    • surendranb
      Jun 23, 2013 @ 08:13:01

      But pl. read all the pages of the book. So that you can understand the whole story and difficulties faced by Helen.

      Reply

  14. vaibhav sharma
    Jun 11, 2013 @ 06:45:34

    THANKS YOU MAKE MY WORK EASY I WANT TO WRITE REVIEW OF THIS NOVEL THANKS

    Reply

  15. shanaya gupta
    Jun 13, 2013 @ 07:44:16

    very good book

    Reply

  16. Tinkers
    Jun 13, 2013 @ 09:57:39

    Excellent work !!! This book review is nicely written.

    Reply

  17. simran mehta
    Jun 13, 2013 @ 15:20:12

    fabulous summary

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  18. pushpindersingh
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 04:13:42

    Very nice

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  19. Hitesh kurichh
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 12:02:36

    thanx for giving us the summary it’s realy good but it is quite short soooooo plzzz give us little more information regarding this book……

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  20. pragathi
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 12:06:54

    a great inspire to our life

    Reply

  21. Vivek Lenin
    Jun 16, 2013 @ 05:58:56

    great review

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  22. Satyam
    Jun 16, 2013 @ 07:56:20

    Thanx for the valuable review

    Reply

  23. Tejaswi Bansal
    Jun 16, 2013 @ 12:52:43

    thanks a lot…..!!!

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  24. aastik
    Jun 16, 2013 @ 13:30:16

    good story to read in your leisure time

    Reply

  25. Adarsh
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 14:00:21

    Really good. People will love such reviews. Please keep it up.

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  26. Guneet Kler
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 07:54:20

    i was supposed to write a book review on it.it helped me a lot.thnxxx.

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  27. Tanya
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 06:06:12

    It’s a very nice book ! I have read it ! and this summary has helped me to clear my doubts which i was having while i was reading the book ! :)

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  28. sana khan
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 08:37:06

    superb

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  29. Keerthi Meghana
    Jun 20, 2013 @ 06:35:26

    its really amazing story

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  30. manasvi
    Jun 21, 2013 @ 08:01:31

    thnk u so mch……….. dis is really a very nyc buk……

    Reply

  31. twig lou
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 08:15:52

    thanks. i had to read the book and give itss summary and you just made my day.

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  32. Yashi verma
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 08:19:23

    Realy thanx .. I had to write a simple book review on it :p nd here is the whole summry n review.. now i dnt hv 2 tolerate the whole book..:D :p

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  33. Kuljit nagill
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 13:54:06

    Thankxxxx…..a lot, it very interesting story the words r so simple 2 understand

    Reply

  34. Sudeep kUMAR
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 04:49:26

    thanks for the great book review

    Reply

  35. Hitesh kurichh
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 06:24:50

    Sir please add some information regarding thesumaary of book in chapter wise.

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  36. Adarsh
    Oct 13, 2013 @ 15:14:19

    Excellent i like this. we should do help persons who are suffering from bliendness.
    Sir thanks for good review.

    Reply

  37. vikram singh
    Nov 06, 2013 @ 15:47:30

    Nice1

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  38. abhishek rajput
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 07:18:18

    Mind blowing reviews
    keep it up

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  39. Shashank anand
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 09:04:58

    Thank you a lot
    i was support 2 write a summary but now i don’t have 2
    thank u :)

    Reply

  40. chandan.G
    May 07, 2014 @ 03:58:47

    Thanks sir this was a very great help for KVS students.

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  41. DIVYANSHU BHARGAVA
    May 07, 2014 @ 05:43:40

    SIR I WANTED A BOOK REVIEW OF IT AND YOUR SITE HELPED ME A LOT THNXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX…………….

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  42. pranav kumar
    May 11, 2014 @ 05:29:21

    it is interesting and is helpful for my holiday homework

    Reply

  43. rupali
    May 18, 2014 @ 09:12:48

    good book, read it for sure

    Reply

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