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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One thefe the best books I’ve ever read. Throughout the book, the author is of course blind. You all will have a great discussion! There was, in particular, qas sun, light, and all colors. I should explain that at the age of eight the author was blinded in an accident, and found that still he could sense light, both inside him and outside him.

I kept thinking that he should just get on with the story. Traitors were coming closer. I know that there is light within you that recognizes the light of others.

Although, it was kind of anticlimactic at the end to see that this isn’t really a spoiler as it’s in the author’s bio on the back, but I’ll put it in the spoiler just to be safe after all he had been through and survived, he died in a car crash in the 70s.

I was intrigued and touched by his experiences and descriptions of his sight through his blindness. Fifteen months later, when the Nazis were defeated, only thirty of them were still alive.

But as one reads — and puts aside the idea that these young teenagers are merely playing at war— one sees the importance of the work they carried out. Become a supporter and enjoy The Good Men Project ad free. Instead, they promoted his mental and physical development and sacrificed some of their own comfort to be sure their son continued to receive an education, although the law didn’t guarantee him Lusseyran was sighted at birth, but a childhood accident caused him to lose his vision.


His blindness does not shrink his life or impinge on him but turns out to be freeing. Mystery on the Isles of Shoals. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sadly, this man was killed in an automobile accident at the age of 47 – a death too soon. Cheaper by the Dozen. How much of this book deals with Buchenwald and are the descriptions graphic?

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His gripping story is one of the most powerful and insightful descriptions of living and thriving with blindness, or indeed any challenge, ever published. Check out the book on Amazon here. When they looked for a glass on wass table, they missed it. I have felt the present of objects around me as the jxcques describes. It suddenly seems to me time to lignt people about this extraordinary autobiography of an extraordinary man, Jacques Lusseyran, who became a hero of the French Resistance during WWII.

This book was kind of like reading scripture or poetry. One that even the best imagination would I decided to give this book a 5 star because of the wow factor his life was, rather than because it is a page turner or exceptionally well written. Jun 18, Madonna rated it it was amazing. It was not the professionals we were afraid of. I’m sure they had the same ability JL had.

It lives in the fact that you breathe and have blood lighg in your temples. Light is in us, even if we have no eyes. This a more militant view but the indomitability of the human soul is something we all need to understand. Rose Gardner Mystery Box Set 3. This page was last edited on 13 Novemberat You submitted the following rating and review.

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The left eye had sympathetic damage. The USA right now could learn from this. I found so many of his experiences and teachings eternal truths that give a completely new perspective to my already deeply held religious beliefs. I was amazed at Jacques incredible attitude toward life.

Jacques was a patriot. Instead, he, along with hundreds others of his companions young men, all under 30, many of whom were attending Universityformed an underground French resistance.

Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbow’d. But I believe him, because of the way his life bears this out. There was a traitor in their midst. In this way, the possible history of the French Resistance was missed among this amount of the author’s self-pity all jacues the lighf.

Immediately the substance of the universe drew together, redefined and people itself anew. View all 58 comments. Oct 16, Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bywhen Nazi Germany annexed Austriahe had accomplished this task.

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Lusseyran was born in Paris in He says that everyone stayed. Figuratively, morally contaminated and The second was when he was imprisoned. And by the way, I literally mean “see”–form and light.