Wednesday, January 25, 2017

In the Country of the Blind - Edward Hoagland

This was a strange read that I picked up on the library "new release" shelf.  It's the story of a Wall Street financier who is going blind and trying to figure out how to live the rest of his life.  He goes off to a cabin he owns in Vermont to ponder his future and meets the small town folk and an adjacent "hippie commune" that embraces him.  The story is semi-autobiographical as they author is going blind.  He's written many essays on living in the wild and solitude, though I've not read any.  He refers to the eye disease serpiginous choroiditis, that scars the retina and leads to blindness.

I can't recommend the book but fans of the author may find it interesting.

Published:  2016   Read: January 2017  Genre: fiction

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