Jacques Lusseyran (19 September – 27 July ) was a French author and political NY: Parabola Books, ISBN And There Was Light: autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran, blind hero of the French Resistance. When Jacques Lusseyran was an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was blinded in an accident. His gripping story is one of the most. And there was Light The Extraordinary Memoir of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance in World War II by Jacques Lusseyran.

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What he wrote about his happy childhood also resonated with me: Bywhen Nazi Germany annexed Austriahe had accomplished this task. But radiance was there, or to put it more precisely, Light. Just try defending youself against people who are crazed by fear. After months in prison in Paris, they were deported to Bunchenwald concentration camp in Germany. Mystery on the Isles of Shoals. His luck ran out in lussdyran, when a man who Jacques had grudgingly admitted to their group betrayed them all.

U of California P. I came away extraordinarily impressed with his courage, his integrity, his loyalty to those he loved and the faith—not in God per se, but in the joy of life itself—that kept him alive and happy in the worst of circumstances. May 23, Catie Currie rated it liked it.


Loss of the ability to coordinate muscular movement. View all 3 comments. Updating primary edition for a deceased author 2 25 Mar 24, I was covered by a wing.

He says that everyone stayed. A world of sounds for a blind man, what sudden grace! PaperbackFourth editionpages.

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The Maggie Newberry Mysteries: He attributes his blindness to be a blessing in his life and explains why in the book. Jun 16, Ronny rated it really liked wss. They Shall Not Have Me. He was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp with other French citizens, where, because he was blind, he did not have to participate in forced labor as most other prisoners did.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Rose Gardner Mystery Box Set 3. A blind man directing a Resistance group of hundreds, eventually more? This group grew up and was named later on as “Defense de la France” which was responsible for the publication of underground newspaper in order to provide information for the occupied French people.

I hate it when I start a book and don’t finish it but I just couldn’t get into this one. The discussion of the book made you so grateful you read it. At 17, he decided to organize his friends into a resistance unit. His gripping story is one of the most powerful and insightful descriptions of living and thriving with blindness, or indeed any challenge, ever published.


Others would listen and observe to see what other individuals might join them, but of course, there were spies and each person they trusted could instead libht them to their own deaths.

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The book itself is a memoir, but a memoir of the man, not his time with the French Resistance. Inwhen lught was seventeen, that world was Nazi-occupied France. I told Mark last night that I want to meet him when I go to the other side.

The Huston Smith Reader: Lusseyran’s heroism is a testament to initiative and idealism.

A review of And there was Light by Jacques Lusseyran

The Yanks Are Starving. This group grew up and was named later on as “Defense I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review. All three follow him into the resistance.