At the beginning of Rosemary Mahoney's For the Benefit of Those Who See, the author admits to a "morbid fear" of losing her eyesight and recalls a time in her youth when she suffered a deeply torn cornea after being hit by her friend's racquet during a squash game. "Lying in my bed that terrible night thirty years ago," Mahoney writes, "I concluded that being blind was worse than being dead. Being blind was like lying alive within a locked coffin
I'd be imprisoned that way for the rest of my pointless life, conscious of my predicament and helpless to change it."
Mahoney's eye healed after several weeks, but the dread of losing her sight remained and was coupled with "the usual pity for people who couldn't see," she writes. In 2005, while Mahoney was in her forties, an American magazine sent her to Tibet to write an article about Sabriye Tenberken, the blind German ...
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