Losing Sight, Gaining Insight
Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780345803962, 130pp.
Publication Date: September 25, 2012
In 1992, when Henry Grunwald missed a glass into which he was pouring water, he assumed that he needed new eyeglasses, not that the incident was a harbinger of darker times. But in fact Grunwald was entering the early stages of macular degeneration a gradual loss of sight that affects almost 15 million Americans yet remains poorly understood and is, so far, incurable. In Twilight, he chronicles his experience of disability: the discovery of what medicine can and can t do, the clouding of his sight, the daily struggle to overcome its physical and psychological implications. This is a story not merely about seeing but about living; not merely about losing sight but about gaining insight.
“Elegant, moving, and enlightening.” —Los Angeles Times
“Splendid. . . . Grunwald weds a graceful, economic prose to a lucid vision of his changed world—exactly what we would expect from such a distinguished journalist—and produces a lovely book. In losing his sight, he has reached for light.” —The New York Times Book Review
"This sensitive and so beautifully written book is indeed an eye-opener to the glories of the world around us." —Barbara Walters
"Twilight is wise and original, on one level a riveting, very down-to-earth account of the author's struggle with macular degeneration, on another a work of the imagination—a gifted writer flying high, letting his curiosity and artistry take him and the reader into strange and unexpected places." —Mary Ellin Barrett