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A sense of the world : how a blind man became history's greatest traveler

Author: Jason Roberts
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2007, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Perennial edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: James Holman; James Holman
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jason Roberts
ISBN: 9780007161263 0007161263
OCLC Number: 166253891
Description: xx, 379, 18 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Jason Roberts.

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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.

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