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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (6 Dec. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749391774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749391775
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Riveting, funny and inspiring" (Irish Times)

"A story of courage that is wise and in no way morbid" (Sunday Times)

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My Left Foot is Christy Brown's inspirational story of his early life, his battle against the restraints of cerebral palsy and his struggle to learn to read, write, and paint, all with the aid of his left foot.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alessandra F. on 7 Nov. 2008
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"There are two first principles attached to writing any sort of story: first, you must have a story to tell, and, secondly, you must tell it in such a way that the person reading it can live in it himself." There is no shadow of a doubt that Christy Brown has an incredible story to tell - the story of a victim of cerebral palsy - and that he found the way to make us feel all the uniqueness of his status, rather than the pity. I started reading this book in the waiting room of a station, and I had to restrain my tears. The first two chapters are absolutely astonishing, deeply absorbing. You feel them into your bones.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Whiteside TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Aug. 2008
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Having just finished reading this book about the early life of Christy Brown,I have no hesitation in saying it is one of the best autobiographies I have read.

He tells his story in a very honest way and at times his story is inspirational and moving.The book isn't very long at under 200 pages but you feel that he says all he needs to say and he does it in a very intelligent way.Never afraid to admit to bouts of self pity,his true story makes you marvel at just what he managed to achieve in his relatively short life.The chapter about his visit to Lourdes was especially well written.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough and if you can get hold of a copy don't hesitate to buy it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "readyforabrew" on 13 May 2003
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The autobiographical account of Christy Browns life is disturbing, thought provoking and yet heart warming at the same time. it is the most perfect example of how we can all acheive our dreams, we just have to try hard enough. It is one of, if not the best book i have ever read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "readyforabrew" on 11 April 2003
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untill reading this book, i didn't think too much about the discrimination that a lot of disabled people face, or that they may not even veiw themselves as being disabled. my heart truly does go out people who think it's ok to discriminate. they must lead very sad and lonely lives. i'm sure everybody gets my meaning; and if you don't, read the book, you soon will.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Strange on 15 April 2011
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In my eyes this book is a classic, I picked it up when I was staying over a friends I read more than half of it on a Sunday morning. It is the most moving account of somebody's life I'd ever read and I had to restrain myself from tears many times. The suffering which Christie Brown endured from his cerebral palsy was immense and what caught my heart was how he couldn't articulate himself very well in persn but this book(which he wrote with his left foot) proves otherwise. It is an easy, fast and sentimental read and I recommend it to everybody. the most impressive factor of this book is the consistant flow of words which seemingly string together as if they are made for each other, I think they were... This book inspired me, I tell you that!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily - London on 25 Mar. 2013
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This autobiography reads with limpid simplicity, and unapologetic determination, and it is quite shocking to hear Christy Brown describe how first of all he dictated his story to one of his younger brothers in notebooks full of a kind of Dickensian pomposity - the only language he could think of writing a proper story in.

He is taught by one of his doctors - who also gets him a private tutor. And - he begins to write again. Before then, no one has told him what a cliché is. No one has told him to use one word instead of two, a short word rather than a long one. "There are two principles attached to writing any sort of story," the doctor says. "First, you must have a story to tell, and secondly, you must tell it in such a way that the person reading it can live in it himself... You have painted pictures with a brush, try and do the same thing with a pen."

The story to tell is of course one we are familiar with because it was made into a film - what it is like to be born one of 22 into the family of a Dublin bricklayer, with severe cerebral palsy that prevents you speaking or moving; to be loved by your mother and your siblings, but to live with no money, scarcely a health service, surrounded by a world that has passed you by; and to seize control of life by learning to write and paint with your left foot, sitting in the kitchen. And to be adult before you are given any physiotherapy, or brought back into the world.

Telling his story is what Christy Brown is known for - even though he wrote three novels and a book of poetry and died in 1981 - almost fifty.
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By Spider on 28 April 2014
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I am similarly afflicted to Christy and have difficulty expressing my feelings about my disability.
Christy has mined the darkest"depths of my sole" and brought my feeing's into the sunlight

In addition, it is one of the best written books I have read

It is an old (and now dog- eared) book but I value it more than any of the smartly presented books on my shelf.
I always carry it to remind me that there are people with worse Cerebral Palsy than my own.
I wish that I could have met Christy
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "_hinkypunk_" on 12 July 2003
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Heart-rending and emotionally stimulating, this touching novel will soften even the stone-coldest of hearts.
This amazing book penetrates deep into the soul, and will leave an eternally lasting impression upon the reader; providing them with some insight into the terrible and tragic world of disability.
Stirring stuff.
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