An amazing, as well as a genuinely inspiring story, this autobiography of a woman, who loses her sight, in middle life, after a critical illness. She tells of her first years of blindness, of the rapid progress in learning Braille, of learning how to occupy herself, how to entertain, and, suddenly, of how to face a life without her husband, without a companion. This is a record of her daily life, her care of herself, her apartment, her housekeeping problems -- the building of a life entirely independent. The book is fascinating in the recording of the barriers that blindness brings to the simplest processes; the regulation and simplification of the activities that sighted people take for granted. She shows throughout a philosophical acceptance and courage with which she faced a great catastrophe.