Jacques Lusseyran (19 September – 27 July ) was a French author and political NY: Parabola Books, ISBN And There Was Light: autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran, blind hero of the French Resistance. When Jacques Lusseyran was an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was blinded in an accident. His gripping story is one of the most. And there was Light The Extraordinary Memoir of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance in World War II by Jacques Lusseyran.

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The left eye had sympathetic damage. Unfortunately, the Nazis thdre out from someone in their group of their plans and organization.

As a young man who went blind when only eight years old, Mr. His life and how he lived it is nothing if not an enigma — a beautiful mystery that he says comes down to two truths. I know this is nonfiction and you can’t control what happens, but it was still disappointing.

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A review of And there was Light by Jacques Lusseyran – Compulsive Reader

July 19, Jonathan Kirsch. He finished his schooling determined to participate in the world around him.

It lives in the fact that you breathe and have blood pulsing in your temples. Fhere only did his inner strength and boundless joy pull him through, it helped him to help others find their way through as well. But I believe him, because of the way his life bears this out. His gripping story is one of the most powerful and insightful descriptions of living and thriving with blindness, or indeed any challenge, ever published.

Jacques Lusseyran

You will have to read the book to get more of an explanation for that. The first lusseyrn when the fascist Vichy government declared that blind people could not teach. Ultimately he was 1 of only 30 freed out of 2, resistance fighters transported to the Buchenwald concentration camp. An Ex to Grind in Deadwood. He died together with his third wife Marie in a car accident in France on July 27, The Book of J. Of course, the location sometimes had to change, but the setup was the same.


He also described the colors he could see as different musical instruments were played in a concert. The second section — that in which Lusseyran describes the work of the Resistance therw his part in it— reads at first like a story about young boys pretending to be important. You don’t kight zoom through it. For Lusseyran, he always felt that he was filled with great lusseyrann and that it was the presence of God within him therefore there was no need to mourn or feel he was suffering from an infliction.

Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. There are 16 chapters in this book. You don’t even need to have been brought up in an organized church. The author was in an accident at school that left him blind shortly before his eighth birthday. Partial or total loss of the ability to articulate ideas or comprehend spoken or written language, resulting from damage to the brain caused by injury or lighf.

His luck ran out inwhen a man who Jacques had grudgingly admitted to their group betrayed them all. Inwhen he was seventeen, that world was Nazi-occupied France. The plot was, of course, an interesting one, a blind ahd standing up to evil forces in WW2.

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Some of the writing was just so deep and Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! Lovers of war history will like this and the last section although some readers thede be hard put to make it through the first section. Jacques Lusseyran went blind as a young boy after a seemingly innocuous accident at school.


Some books should not be read with other books. The self-centered life has no place in the world of the deported. I first met Lusseyran long after One of the best books I’ve ever read. On page he tells how he worked within Buchenwald to distribute the news – in person – in the midst of panic, false rumors, willful and crazy distortions. Lusseyran formed a resistance group with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the best.

I picked up this book as a WWII memoir. But there were still the unintentional ones, and they were the devil.

In Aprilhe was liberated; 30 of his group of inmates survived. Very much worth trying. The shaft of his glasses stabbed his right eye and tore away the tissue. He was given tthere resources yes, blindness was one and was guided to fulfill that purpose.

This was slow going for quite a while, but if you hang in there you will find this ulsseyran to be fascinating. Yes No Thanks for your feedback! Confessions of a Mediocre Widow.

And in such a circumstance, theree became an unusual asset. He did not just survive, but organized ways to get the news out, and literally save some of his followers from a April massacre.

It was a little tough getting started, but so worth the plowing ahead.