A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler (P.S.)

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He was known simply as the Blind Traveler. A solitary, sightless adventurer, James Holman (1786-1857) fought the slave trade in Africa, survived a frozen captivity in Siberia, hunted rogue elephants in Ceylon, helped chart the Australian outback--and, astonishingly, circumnavigated the globe, becoming one of the greatest wonders of the world he so sagaciously explored. A Sense of the World is a spellbinding and moving rediscovery of one of history's most epic lives--a story to awaken our own senses of awe and wonder.

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A Sense of the World In an era when the blind were routinely warehoused in asylums, James Holman was studying medicine, fighting the slave trade in Africa, hunting rogue elephants, surviving a frozen captivity in Siberia, and circumnavigating the world alone in the 19th century. Full description

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"Roberts's book is an excellent read.. An author with an enviable ability to tell the tale. -- The Spectator

"(A) meticulous recreation of Holman's world." -- Miami Herald

"Vibrant prose." -- Washington Post

"Painstakingly researched. Worth reading." -- Irish Times

"Extraordinary.beautifully produced.Roberts made his hero one for the history books." -- Buffalo News

"(a) talented and committed writer." -- Raleigh News & Observer

"Roberts is a beautifully assured writer." -- Seattle Times

"Through meticulous research.with intrigue and humor, Roberts brings Holman fully to life." -- Daily News

Vibrant prose. --Washington Post

"Vibrant prose."--Washington Post

"Roberts has achieved much. His research is meticulous and...a person lost to history is now rediscovered."--Denver Rocky Mountain News

"Painstakingly researched. Worth reading."--Irish Times

"A tribute to an inspiring figure who, despite his blindness, was a far-sighted traveller."--Bath Chronicle (UK)

"Holman's life as told in this biography reads like a dare to get out of the house and live!"--NPR's Holiday Book Roundup

"Holman's remarkable life story, coupled with Roberts' extraordinary gifts as a storyteller, make this a fascinating read."--Contra Costa Times

"Fascinating...rich...I don't expect to read a better [book] soon."--Weekend Australian

"Enthralling...inspiring A moving, mesmerizing biography."--Time magazine

"(A) meticulous recreation of Holman's world."--Miami Herald

"Enthralling. A masterpiece of biography, travel writing and medical journalism."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"A remarkable job of resurrecting Holman from obscurity, painting a portrait of a complex and compelling persona."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Vibrant...evok(es) with grace and wit the tale of this man once lionized as "The Blind Traveler."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This excellent biography owes much to the wonderful balance the author achieves between detail and evocative description."--ABC Magazine (UK)

"Gives us a man who embraced wanderlust at a time when the continents and oceans were much, much bigger."--New York Times

"This warm-hearted and sensitive account should give Holman his due: a place in the pantheon of great travelers."--The Guardian

"Through meticulous research...with intrigue and humor, Roberts brings Holman fully to life."--Daily News

"Roberts wisely tells this extraordinary story without embellishment. The tale will fill you with wonder. In a word: remarkable."--Melbourne Herald Sun

"An imaginative journey (told with) enviable tact and skill."--Daily Telegraph (London)

"A well-written popular history that will appeal to an audience interested in stories of individuals triumphing over physical difficulties."--Library Journal

"An admirable work, testament to the determination, resourcefulness, and skill of not only its subject, but also its author."--Boston Globe

"(a) talented and committed writer."--Raleigh News & Observer

"Roberts is a beautifully assured writer."--Seattle Times

"Paints a convincing and well-researched picture of Holman's early life...Holman's first trip, to Russia, is particularly well-drawn."--The Economist

"Jason Roberts should be proud of his achievement in this sensitive and imaginative book."--Times Literary Supplement (London)

"Extraordinary...beautifully produced...Roberts made his hero one for the history books."--Buffalo News

"Roberts's book is an excellent read.... An author with an enviable ability to tell the tale.--Jonathan Mirsky, The Spectator (A Book of the Year)

Enthralling...inspiring A moving, mesmerizing biography. --Time magazine"

An admirable work, testament to the determination, resourcefulness, and skill of not only its subject, but also its author. --Boston Globe"

Gives us a man who embraced wanderlust at a time when the continents and oceans were much, much bigger. --New York Times"

Vibrant prose. --Washington Post"

Through meticulous research with intrigue and humor, Roberts brings Holman fully to life. --Daily News"

Roberts has achieved much. His research is meticulous and a person lost to history is now rediscovered. --Denver Rocky Mountain News"

Vibrant...evok(es) with grace and wit the tale of this man once lionized as The Blind Traveler. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Enthralling. A masterpiece of biography, travel writing and medical journalism. --St. Louis Post-Dispatch"

Extraordinary beautifully produced Roberts made his hero one for the history books. --Buffalo News"

Holman s remarkable life story, coupled with Roberts extraordinary gifts as a storyteller, make this a fascinating read. --Contra Costa Times"

A well-written popular history that will appeal to an audience interested in stories of individuals triumphing over physical difficulties. --Library Journal"

A remarkable job of resurrecting Holman from obscurity, painting a portrait of a complex and compelling persona. --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"

Roberts s book is an excellent read. An author with an enviable ability to tell the tale.--Jonathan Mirsky, The Spectator (A Book of the Year)"

(A) meticulous recreation of Holman s world. --Miami Herald"

Roberts is a beautifully assured writer. --Seattle Times"

An imaginative journey (told with) enviable tact and skill. --Daily Telegraph (London)"

(a) talented and committed writer. --Raleigh News & Observer"

This warm-hearted and sensitive account should give Holman his due: a place in the pantheon of great travelers. --The Guardian"

A tribute to an inspiring figure who, despite his blindness, was a far-sighted traveller. --Bath Chronicle (UK)"

Paints a convincing and well-researched picture of Holman s early life Holman s first trip, to Russia, is particularly well-drawn. --The Economist"

Jason Roberts should be proud of his achievement in this sensitive and imaginative book. --Times Literary Supplement (London)"

Roberts wisely tells this extraordinary story without embellishment. The tale will fill you with wonder. In a word: remarkable. --Melbourne Herald Sun"

Holman s life as told in this biography reads like a dare to get out of the house and live! --NPR's Holiday Book Roundup"

Fascinating...rich...I don t expect to read a better [book] soon. --Weekend Australian"

Painstakingly researched. Worth reading. --Irish Times"

This excellent biography owes much to the wonderful balance the author achieves between detail and evocative description. --ABC Magazine (UK)"

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