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Cockeyed A Memoir of Blindness On his th birthday Ryan Knighton was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa RP a congenital progressive disease marked by night blindness tunnel vision and eventually total blindness In this pen

  • Title: Cockeyed: A Memoir of Blindness
  • Author: Ryan Knighton
  • ISBN: 9781586483296
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Cockeyed: A Memoir of Blindness By Ryan Knighton, On his 18th birthday, Ryan Knighton was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa RP , a congenital, progressive disease marked by night blindness, tunnel vision and, eventually, total blindness In this penetrating, nervy memoir, which ricochets between meditation and black comedy, Knighton tells the story of his fifteen year descent into blindness while incidentally revealingOn his 18th birthday, Ryan Knighton was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa RP , a congenital, progressive disease marked by night blindness, tunnel vision and, eventually, total blindness In this penetrating, nervy memoir, which ricochets between meditation and black comedy, Knighton tells the story of his fifteen year descent into blindness while incidentally revealing the world of the sighted in all its phenomenal peculiarity Knighton learns to drive while unseeing has his first significant relationship with a deaf woman navigates the punk rock scene and men s washrooms learns to use a cane and tries to pass for seeing while teaching English to children in Korea Stumbling literally and emotionally into darkness, into love, into couch shopping at Ikea, into adulthood, and into truce if not acceptance of his identity as a blind man, his writerly self uses his disability to provide a window onto the human condition His experience of blindness offers unexpected insights into sight and the other senses, culture, identity, language, our fears and fantasies Cockeyed is not a conventional confessional Knighton is powerful and irreverent in words and thought and impatient with the preciousness we ve come to expect from books on disability Readers will find it hard to put down this wild ride around their everyday world with a wicked, smart, blind guide at the wheel.
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    1. When Ryan Knighton was 18 and I was 14, we both worked at the same restaurant in Suburbia He and the owner teased me their fair share and I loved it When I saw Cockeyed on the Canada Reads 2012 list , I thought, hey, is this that, Ryan Well, it is Reading this was like a one sided reunion While for most people this is a book about a blind guy , albeit a funny one, this was for me a life after Langley coming of age When he talks about losing his shoe at a concert in Vancouver, I m thinking, hey, [...]

    2. I really really loved this book Partly because I could totally relate due to the fact that my daughter is very visually impaired It was great to read about how he dealt with his blindness and how he didn t let it get in the way of success It really showed how just because someone is blind, doesn t mean that the person can t lead an amazing life i.e great job, friends, marriagec Even if those things are difficult for the person to achieve The world needs to know that just because someone has an [...]

    3. I first got glasses when I turned eight, and changed the lens every six months for years No one said anything, but I knew I was going blind I read every children s book I could find on blind people, fiction and non fiction When my eyes finally stabilized in my twenties, I was almost disappointed I had prepared my whole life for blindness and now it wasn t happening For a while I felt lost.This book on blindness is the first one I have read since that time I never imagined partial sight For me it [...]

    4. I found this memoir in the biographies section of an annual used book fair held in a local school It sounded interesting to me because I don t know much about blindness or being blind and the cover promised that this would be a humorous account What I found, however, was one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read Ryan Knighton writes about how he began to lose his eyesight, how it affected his life and relationships and how he came to eventually accept his abilities What I found particul [...]

    5. I read this under the pretense that it was unsentimental and hilarious, as it says on the back Well, it lied I thought it was sentimental at times though not overly so and hilarious is quite a stretch But I m kind of harsh when it comes to finding things funny It was, however, not really bad at all The thing that I disliked the most was the way the author seemed to divide everyone in the world into either blind or sighted I mean, I guess that s as fair a division as any, it was just the way he u [...]

    6. I really liked the honesty of this book, as well as its self deprecating humour I learned a lot about blindness and about living in a sighted world Can t wait to read his next book This is one of my favourite types of books right now the personal memoir I m really into them right now.

    7. You wouldn t expect a book with the subtitle a memoir of blindness to be funny, but it is in fact hilarious I guffawed frequently As you might imagine, it has many poignant moments as well, and the writing is superb throughout Highly recommended British Columbians will also appreciate the locale.

    8. I thought that Ryan s book was very interesting and made me think a lot about what it might feel like to loose your vision His book was filled with lots of emotional situations and I love how he could always find some humour in them I loved the chapter on Ikealism that one was quite funny and so true

    9. I don t remember what about this book stood out to me, perhaps his wit or skill with bringing the reader into his world, but years after reading this book I still think about the author and can visualize the narrators reality Such an impression is worth noting.

    10. I imagine it must be harder to lose sight than to be born without I guess that s one of those questions that we ll never know the answer to though.Ryan Knighton does a pretty good job at describing what it s like to lose it though Knighton has Retinitis Pigmentosa which meant he d slowly go blind The process was so gradual that he didn t realize it was happening for a long time The main reason I read this book was because I have a daughter with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia and she is slowly gaining si [...]

    11. An utterly fantastic book Canadian Ryan Knighton has been growing blind since his teens, and at the time of this book s publication 2006 he was approximately 33 and had 1% of his sight left He writes with a clear, approachable style and with a great sense of both perspective and humor Like some of the other books I ve read about young men going blind, Ryan was pretty fiercely independent and didn t use a cane during the early stages of his visual degeneration However, he did discover punk music [...]

    12. I absolutely loved this I picked it up at a dollar store, thinking it would be a quick read while on vacation and something I could leave behind when I leave to make way for souvenirs, but now done I think I might keep it Kingston gives a wonderful view into the world of the blind, and not just the mechanics of how to use a cane, but the emotional and mental adaptations that someone has to go through while learning to deal with the disability Not born blind, he has a great way with words to comp [...]

    13. Loved the writing style and the humour, I feel as though I know Ryan and felt for him throughout his adaptation to a new life without vision He writes with humility and without sympathy or regret and kept me gripped on every page This was a 24 hour book, and can t wait to see the movie.

    14. Ryan Knighton, author of Cockeyed, has taken his trials and tribulations and turned them into a witty and insightful memoir that walks the reader through his journey from a clumsy teen to an unsighted adult Despite the obvious hardships of his circumstances Knighton uses thoughtful insight and colourful imagery to educate the reader His unique point of view shows the typical reactions of the general public and his own reactions to his unexpected circumstances.Although you may expect this novel t [...]

    15. I really did love this book and here s why It s got life, depth, sparkle, sensitivity, honesty, humor, and the ability to educate me on the interesting life he s led I laughed when Ryan was talking about how people shouldn t worry so much about the sighted words in language He s got a way with words, which includes making the reader FEEL and yes, SEE things, not just read them Ryan s imagery is colorful and clear, from the beginning when he s working his first summer job and itching to drive the [...]

    16. From almost the first chapter, I was already phrasing in my mind the email I would write to the author to tell him how much I enjoyed reading his book.The book had personal relevance for me, so I probably got out of it than most people would I ve got to admire people who get over the tough breaks that life hands to them and write about it, but that doesn t mean that I ll read their book What kept me turning the pages was that Knighton is a talented writer, period I especially enjoyed the last f [...]

    17. I would probably be a jackass too if I were going blind Cockeyed answers the question about what it s like to go blind after living your childhood and adolescence with sight I picked up this book after hearing one of Knighton s essays on This American Life about being blind with an infant and going for a walk Fascinating stuff This is the beginning of his blindness and his jackassery to those who love him and those he relies on is kind of gut wrenching I couldn t date him much less marry him but [...]

    18. Highly recommended At the age of 18, Ryan Knighton was diagnosed with a rare disease in which he d lose his sight Don t let the word memoir scare you this is so much than that Knighton has written an elegy on his particular understandings of the world in ways that illuminated so much to me I, with my completely functional eyes, had never considered There is nary a look what a crappy hand I ve been dealt, nor does he pontificate on all the things he just knows he knows If anything, he repeatedly [...]

    19. Funny but a little self indulgent at times I think Knighton is constantly searching for meaning in blindness, when there is no meaning.I did relate to experience with losing a family member suddenly Despite the same stories, he becomes a different person than the one I remember It s frustrating, how his death interprets our memories of him Many people, family friends, even Rory s old school chums, probably can t help themseles They look at his life through the lens of his overdose Now, when I sa [...]

    20. Reading this book is quite an experience Ryan s Knighton journey into blindness is moving, honest, funny laugh out loud , sad, profound but his never pities himself How it affects Ryan and those around him is fascinating The book covered topic, rational that were never in my scope of living Amazing book I love in the end how he describes himself coming to terms with blindness His use of language and how important it is to be true to meaning 3rd last chapter From What I Hear is worth reading agai [...]

    21. I read this book because a friend has the same degenerative eye disease as the author and because I read a good review of it in Time Out NY and because the author looked really hot in the picture in the magazine what I m only human , and I wanted to know what his experience was like and what might be in store for my friend down the road.The memoir was nothing special or at least no so than anyone who tells their own story Frustrating relationships, growing pains, self discovery pretty standard [...]

    22. Ryan Knighton is a funny guy He writes very easily and his good sense of irony and homour come through on the page I liked how he portrayed himeself and his world around and within him It was a small slice of his life and what it is like to be him He doesn t profess to know how it is for everyone who is blind, much the opposite, but he does a good job in telling how it is for him I liked the book, it was an easy read and funny in many spots No rocket science or Oscar Wildeish quotations, but int [...]

    23. Quite pleasant not the most eye opening if you pardon the pun book, but witty and simple and a decent enough read In places it made me cry, but oddly this was nothing to do with blindness I was left, however, by the suspicion that the book was important for the author to write than it was for us to read catharsis perchance There were also a few clumsy moments where the author chose to use current comparisons for things that happened in the 80 s and 90 s, and didn t seem to get the tense right s [...]

    24. While slow paced and tedious at times, Knington gives good insight into the life of being blind He also provides the read insight into the process of lost and acceptance, while veering from a traditional coming of age memoir On top of all of this, Kington keeps a keenly close to chest approach to humor that keeps the story moving Because of pace however, it took great concentration on my own part to keep plodding through this book at times.

    25. I read this book while I was taking a memoir class I am incredibly glad I did Ryan Knighton has an incredible talent for humour At times, I laughed so hard that it hurt I ve shared my favorite passages of this book with friends and family and they laughed too While Knighton s story, about his loss of eyesight, is not an experience I can personally relate to, his theme of finding one s way despite a major obstacle, is universal.

    26. This is a very amusing yet poignant account of the author s gradual loss of sight as a teenager and young adult, his denial and his coping, and the effect the blindness has on others As the author s awareness and understanding increases, so does the reader s as much as a sighted person can understand the blinds navigation through a sighted world His attempts to pass as a sighted person are hilarious

    27. The only reason I gave this a 3 star review instead of a four is because the structure was a little strange it felt like a memoir for the first half of the book, then it changed into independent essays I felt like it could have been cohesive However, I would definitely recommend it It is a fascinating insight into the life of blindness, and what it is like to transition from sightedness to blindness.

    28. I agree pretty much with Barbara s review except that I m not as generous with the 5th star I ve never read a book that gives the reader some insight into the life of someone that is going blind to being 99% blind by the end of the book Knighton points out things that are problems for the blind that wouldn t occur to a sighted person like the confusion that the spoken word you can cause a blind person Very interesting and well worth reading.

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