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  • Writer's pictureAzalea Hudson

Notes on Blindness

A Journey through the dark. By John M. Hull.

"If life is death, then death is life. If darkness is light, then light is darkness. The conscious and unconscious lives of one."I


"Notes on Blindness" is an autobiographical account by John M. Hull, who began recording his experiences on cassette tapes as he adapted to becoming blind. The book delves into his struggles, reflections, and the profound transformation in how he perceives life and the world around him. Hull’s recordings offer a vivid portrayal of his inner journey, capturing the essence of his dreams, his newfound appreciation for rain, and his efforts to remain connected with his family and faith despite his blindness.


I loved the audiobook version of "Notes on Blindness." John Hull's personal recordings are not only a proof of his struggle to adapt to blindness but also an exploration of his new way of perceiving life. His descriptions are so vivid that you can almost see the colors in his dreams and feel the rain as he describes his love for it, which gives him a sense of place in the world. The way he narrates his desperate attempts to grasp sanity, cope with new challenges, and interact with his young children and devoted wife is both touching and inspiring. His fear of going blind and his unshakable faith in God leading him through this dark path resonate deeply, making this book a must-read or listen for anyone wanting to understand what it is like to live with blindness.


John Hull's reflections and quest for answers make us question our own lives and what we hold dear. His ability to articulate his internal struggles and the beauty he finds in his altered perception of the world is remarkable. The audiobook immerses you in Hull's journey, making you feel his fear, faith, and resilience. It is a reminder of the human spirit's ability to adapt and find meaning even in the face of profound challenges. A Must Read!!!ife is death, then death is life. If darkness is light, then light is darkness. The conscious and unconscious lives of one."

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