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Author Roberts, Jason.

Title A sense of the world : how a blind man became history's greatest traveler / Jason Roberts.

Imprint New York : Harper Perennial, 2007, c2006.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Pacific Park Library Non-Fiction    910.41 ROB    Available
Edition 1st Perennial ed.
Description xx, 379 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [359]-379).
Summary He was known simply as the Blind Traveler--a solitary, sightless adventurer who, astonishingly, fought the slave trade in Africa, survived a frozen captivity in Siberia, hunted rogue elephants in Ceylon, and helped chart the Australian outback. James Holman (1786-1857) became "one of the greatest wonders of the world he so sagaciously explored," triumphing not only over blindness but crippling pain, poverty, and the interference of well-meaning authorities (his greatest feat, a circumnavigation of the globe, had to be launched in secret). Once a celebrity, a bestselling author, and an inspiration to Charles Darwin and Sir Richard Francis Burton, the charismatic, witty Holman outlived his fame, dying in an obscurity that has endured--until now. Drawing on meticulous research, Jason Roberts ushers us into the Blind Traveler's uniquely vivid sensory realm, then takes us on a journey rich with suspense, humor, international intrigue, and unforgettable characters. --From publisher description.
Subject Holman, James, 1786-1857.
Travelers -- England -- Biography.
Voyages and travels.
ISBN 9780007161263 (pbk.)
0007161263 (pbk.)

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