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Cockeyed: A Memoir by Ryan Knighton

Cockeyed: A Memoir (2006)

by Ryan Knighton

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This book has been a nice little pleasure.The author is at first going blind (at 17 while trying out his new driver's license) and then resolves into the acknowledgement that he needs a cane to get by and that he needs other people. The writing is great in that it is not sympathetic or mournful. It is realistic, funny and often insightful especailly in regards to language. He writes about how visual our language is - where people say "over there" or "right here" not realizing he has no idea what they mean. He also was lucky enough to have found a good woman . Their story is part of this memoir as well. ( )
  novelcommentary | Jan 10, 2011 |
This memoir is funny and insightful; easy-to-read and entertaining while also being thought-provoking.The author provides an interesting perspective on the process of finding his identity while losing his sight. ( )
  peggy09 | May 15, 2009 |
Combine equal parts Jim Knipfel and Steven Kuusisto, add a liberal dose of occasionally funny, but often painfully played blind stereotypes, and a dash of Canadian suburbia to taste (careful, it's easy to over-do it). Knighton is "a keen observer of (blind) reality's lesser phenomena." It can be a fine line between charming and annoying when it comes to irreverent humor, but the author steers well-clear of that line, veering only occasionally into truly funny or insightful teritory. I feel like I've read this book too many times before -- the angry/shy/intellectual young man in denial of his vision loss tries to "pass" through blind life's trials , and eventually comes to terms with his blindness. I don’t mean to be unkind, but YAWN.
  Polyphemus | Feb 28, 2008 |
Well written, with much humor throughout. Left me with a better, more compassionate understanding of a friend who also happens to have retinitis pigmentosa.
  kaulsu | Feb 23, 2008 |
Since I live with a legally blind man (who is still partially sighted) I thought this would be a great source of information from someone other than my other half. I actually found it to be quite lackluster and was disappointed in how he dealt with his blindness. (Pretending that everything is normal is not a good thing.)
It wasn't badly written, but I found it quit labourious to read and often wanted to call it quits. ( )
  Jebbie74 | Jul 28, 2007 |
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"On his 18th birthday, Ryan Knighton was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a congenital, progressive disease marked by night-blindness, tunnel vision and, eventually, total blindness. In this memoir, he tells the story of his fifteen-year descent into blindness while incidentally illuminating the wonderful strangeness of our own, sighted world." "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 adulthood, and into truce if not acceptance of his identity as a blind man, his experience of blindness offers unexpected insights into the senses."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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