A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's

He was known simply as the Blind Traveler A solitary, sightless adventurer, James Holman 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 A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler


About the Author: Jason Roberts

Jason s debut nonfiction work, A Sense of the World How a Blind Man Became History s Greatest Traveler HarperCollins , was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award, longlisted for the international Guardian First Book Award, and named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus Reviews and other publications He is also the inaugural winner



10 thoughts on “A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler

  1. says:

    this book seems to give a good picture about the following things i have never experienced 1 being blind2 living in the 19th century3 being in the british navy4 the nature of world travel before there was a world tourism industy5 the nature of the medical profession in england in the 19th century


  2. says:

    An amazing biography on a little known historical figure, John Holman I think this blurb describes it best He was known simply as the Blind Traveler, a solitary, sightless adventurer who fought the slave trade in Africa, survived a frozen captivity in Siberia, hunted rogue elephants in Ceylon and helped chart the Australian outback Once a celebrity, a bestselling author and inspiration to Charles Darwin and Sir Richard Francis Bu


  3. says:

    I have read an amazing book about a blind traveler in the XIXth Century Jason Roberts has done a priceless job in bringing this role setting man to life again The book is truly breathtaking Holman s adventures sound like very far fetched fiction It s insane how he could travel the world alone at those times To top it all, it turns out his only pal was deaf Here are some of the many increadible things he managed to achieve alone with


  4. says:

    On the summit of the precipice, and in the heart of the green woods there was an intelligence in the winds of the hills, and in the solemn stillness of the buried foliage, that could not be mistaken It entered into my heart, and I could have wept, not that I did not see, but that I could not portray all that I felt James Holman, The Blind TravelerJames Holman wasn t born blind, but he was born with a restlessness and and a desire for


  5. says:

    This book is a biography and travel account of Englishman James Holman 1786 1857 During his life, he became the most accomplished traveler of all time , covering no less than a quarter of a million miles in his circumnavigation of the world.It is exceptional that a person ventured of his own initiative with an impulse towards the exotic but perhaps even epic, because this solo traveler was blind.The Blind Traveler wrote than 5 books, re


  6. says:

    A chance encounter in a library led the author to discover James Holman 1786 1857 Son of a shopkeeper, James rises to lieutenant in the British Navy right around the War of 1812 He is forced out of the Navy due to medical issues blindness as well as rheumatic arthritis and although nearly penniless, finds he is in the best of health when travelling in exotic countries and climes alone.Holman s charm and cunning nets him excursions to the Ame


  7. says:

    A fascinating, very well written book about someone you ve probably never heard of James Holman, the Blind Traveler, who lived from 1786 to 1857 In this age of Google Glass, Earth, Maps it s very hard to remember that there was a time when travelers could still journey to places that were absolutely unmapped and unexplored Holman did make these journeys, and he did it as a blind man who had very limited means, only the most basic transportation


  8. says:

    An interesting man who went from being a naval lieutenant who suffered from joint pain then became blind and traveled the world alone Fascinating And this all takes place from 1787 1857 James Holman was an apothecary shop owner s son who was destined to follow in his father s footsteps when family fortunes changed He goes to the Navy at 12 and expects to be there for the rest of his life but his health turns bad and he must retire on half salary H


  9. says:

    This is one of the interesting biographies I ve read It s in a similar vein to The Professor and the Madman in that it explores a period in time as well as an idea as much as it does the life of a single individual In this one, James Holman, the Blind Traveler, certainly is the central focus of the story, but it is wrapped in the early 19th century world in regards to its ideas about travel and Roberts exploration of blindness Overall he has written


  10. says:

    So inspiring Holman really blew me away What industry and what a sense of adventure, and a strong sense of self you must posses to confidently travel in this way I am so upset at the author though Bah on you for writing such an important and legendary hero in such a transparently boring fashion A hundred stars for the main character and negative a hundred for the writer Fie What an opportunity to explore allusion and description in a novel focusing on s


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