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Emotional and moving.,
This review is from: Can I Give Him My Eyes (Paperback)Richard Moore's true story is sad but inspiring. At only ten years of age tragedy besets him. He becomes another innocent victim of the troubles in Northern Ireland when he looses his eyesight permanently from a rubber bullet from a British soldier. This book details his life before and after that. Parts of it are obviously very melancholic and I found myself holding back the tears several times. But where there is forlornness, there is sanguineness and where there is blindness there is also plenty of acuity. Richard is able live his life behind its limitations - such that at times you may forget he is blind. He quickly disabuses the reader that he may harbour any inescapable bitterness about the incident. This is what makes Richard an even more interesting person. While he is able to acknowledge the hurt and the damage caused to his life he is able to show forgiveness that many others would just find insuperable. There is no doubt that the magnificent support from Richard's family, friends and community help him in this regard and that's perhaps a pertinent moral of the story. When hard times come to someone you know its important to support them and then the great human feats can be achieved. Richard constantly references his gratitude to his parents who led by example. Not only are they very supporting of Richard they are show forgiveness may many others would only show hatred. They greet British soldiers when their neighbours disregard such things. When his sister wished to marry a British Soldier they support her.
Richard's life is also interesting because of the wide range of things he ends up doing. He plays in a band with some Protestant friends (not everyone from the Creggan estate would do this let alone someone blinded from a rubber bullet - the North was highly sectarian and still is). He also joins the board of Derry City FC. Throughout his life Richard because of blindness, Richard meets an interested cast of people: from world class Doctors to the Pope to Dala Lama.
His book is moving. It's simple to read. No esoteric or convoluted language. It could read by all ages and should.