The book Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero is an interesting read, combining a gripping re-telling of one man’s 9/11 experience with detailed insight into the world of the blind.
The first-person account of Michael Hingson’s experience in one of the World Trade Center towers when they were attacked on 9/11 is riveting and compelling. The descriptions are so vivid that I felt as if I was right there with him and his seeing-eye dog Roselle, rounding each corner down the tower’s stairwell, and feeling the nervous intensity of the situation as Hingson described it.
While the 9/11 story is the main story, interspersed throughout the story are Hingdon’s experiences with living life as a blind person. Hingdon has been blind since he was six months old, and mixed into Hingdon’s 9/11 story are details about his childhood, working with seeing eye dogs, and commentary on how society views and interacts with those who are blind. At times these details slow down the 9/11 story, yet they also paint a more clear picture of Hingdon’s overall experience and give the reader perspective.
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