[[ PDF ]] ✅ Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See Author Robert Kurson – Thomashillier.co.uk



10 thoughts on “Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See

  1. says:

    i really enjoyed this book, it was honestly a page turner because it is not fictional and the subject is so unique and unknown, i was consistently dyyyying to know what was going to happen next like i almost missed my train stop a few times and that NEVER happens to me i really dig kurson so i knew i d like the writing, but the subject was also really fascinating and i can t fathom how anyone who picked it up and read the dustjacket wouldn t be totally intrigued by it HOWEVER the main ch i really enjoyed this book, it was honestly a page turner because it is not fictional and the subject is so unique and unknown, i was consistently dyyyying to know what was going to happen next like i almost missed my train stop a few times and that NEVER happens to me i really dig kurson so i knew i d like the writing, but the subject was also really fascinating and i can t fathom how anyone who picked it up and read the dustjacket wouldn t be totally intrigued by it HOWEVER the main character, this mike may guy, is a total JERK sure, he accomplished a whole lot i read on and on and on about his accomplishments terrific i m soooo terribly impressed so he s like a crazy inventor and an entrepreneur and a gold medal skiier, that DOESN T MEAN he gets to be an asshole i feel like he completely disregards his wife s feelings all the time and the way he drives on in this reckless i need to win at everything sort of way totally astonishes the author but i think it s irresponsible to act like that when you have a family to take care of he s kind of insensitive, and don t EVEN get me started on his opinion of women UGH what a JERK OFF but really it s a great book


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    Maybe not everyone should read this, but anyone who does will gain a new insight into their own and others vision Yes, we do see with our eyes, but we see with our brain as well Mike May is one of maybe a dozen people in the history of the world who regained his vision after a lifetime of blindness That, alone, makes his story of interest But the full throttle approach to life that Mike displays, both during his blindness, and afterward, as well, when vision did not exactly return in ways t Maybe not everyone should read this, but anyone who does will gain a new insight into their own and others vision Yes, we do see with our eyes, but we see with our brain as well Mike May is one of maybe a dozen people in the history of the world who regained his vision after a lifetime of blindness That, alone, makes his story of interest But the full throttle approach to life that Mike displays, both during his blindness, and afterward, as well, when vision did not exactly return in ways that were expected, are an inspiration.When May, as a blind camp counselor was trying to find advice to give to some of the older blind campers, he came up with this Have adventures Speak to your curiosity Be willing to fall down or get lost There s always a way I think if you can do those things you will find your way in the world, May told them I think if you can remember to do those things you will always be ok


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    Crashing Through is the story of a man who was blinded at age 3 and who never let it slow him down then who underwent a radical new procedure to regain his sight at age 46.One of the things I found interesting in this book, was the information about the procedure and about eye surgeries.However, the part of this story that was fascinating was about vision in general When Mike regained his vision, he couldn t comprehend faces or details He could not tell the difference between men and women, he Crashing Through is the story of a man who was blinded at age 3 and who never let it slow him down then who underwent a radical new procedure to regain his sight at age 46.One of the things I found interesting in this book, was the information about the procedure and about eye surgeries.However, the part of this story that was fascinating was about vision in general When Mike regained his vision, he couldn t comprehend faces or details He could not tell the difference between men and women, he couldn t identify his wife s face, he could spend all day with someone and not be able to recognize them 2 minutes later He couldn t tell who was in a photo, and barely could tell WHAT was in the photo The problem for the doctors was that in the entire history of time, there had only been about 25 people who had gotten their sight back after a lifetime of blindness so no one knew what was going on, why it was happening, or if it would ever improve Mike s case broke new ground this was evidence that sight continued to develop during childhood and when people didn t have sight during that critical time, the part of their brain that developed to process sight, just didn t have any reason to develop Those neurons were allocated by the brain to other functions Part of the book showed different optical illusions to normal visioned people, which were seen as entirely differently by Mike MRIs showed that Mike s brain circuitry operated differently in some areas The scientists were literally able to make new discoveries about how brains operate, and how vision develops and works Interesting book, gave me a lot to think about Recommend to anyone interested in science, exploring new discoveries, brains, and people who live courageous lives


  4. says:

    Kurson expanded an Esquire article into Crashing Through, and that expansion turned an interesting article about a difficult decision and its emotional consequences into a biography swollen with unnecessary and frequently excruciating details.If you re interested in every second of every romantic date May ever attended, or the fascinating process of acquiring investors for a tech start up, read the book If you re interested in the surgery and its aftermath, seek out the original article or To Kurson expanded an Esquire article into Crashing Through, and that expansion turned an interesting article about a difficult decision and its emotional consequences into a biography swollen with unnecessary and frequently excruciating details.If you re interested in every second of every romantic date May ever attended, or the fascinating process of acquiring investors for a tech start up, read the book If you re interested in the surgery and its aftermath, seek out the original article or To See and Not See in An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks, who is a much better writer.Also, under no circumstances should you listen to the audio version, which is narrated by Someone s Grandpa Who Has Stayed Up Long Past His Bedtime


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    Picked up this book free at NBP I don t know if they were transcribing it, or if they just had it because Mike May, the subject, was on the adjudication committee of NBP s new Louis Braille Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation.I did not find it to be a very well written book at all very hackneyed phrasing, stale descriptions I was also distracted because the main character was referred to as May , not Mike , despite the fact that many other Mays his family members also appeared throughout Picked up this book free at NBP I don t know if they were transcribing it, or if they just had it because Mike May, the subject, was on the adjudication committee of NBP s new Louis Braille Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation.I did not find it to be a very well written book at all very hackneyed phrasing, stale descriptions I was also distracted because the main character was referred to as May , not Mike , despite the fact that many other Mays his family members also appeared throughout the story The saving grace was that the subject matter was very interesting.Mike May was blinded at age 3, and then, in his late 40s, had vision restored in one eye with a new surgery His experiences learning to see were very interesting he perceived color and motion automatically, and knew what they meant, but unless he was expecting to see a particular thing, he often had difficulty grouping shapes into object vs background He had difficulty with perspective and face recognition, including differentiating between male and female faces Once shown this idea, it was easy to identify the same phenomenon in my own experience, when a picture or vista will be confusing until suddenly I know what it is, and everything sort of snaps into place as a part of that thing The author also gets into some of the specifics of organ transplants, and the physiology of the eye, which I found very interesting


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    This was an amazing story that was poorly written The sentence structure was tediousHe did this, he did that, he felt this, he liked that It lapsed into textbook mode occasionally, which as a scientist I dont mind that much, but it detracted from the story I also didnt understand the author and subject s need to highlight the sexual prowess of the subject It shows some prejudice to the public that they would assume that we would all think he is not attractive or desirable becuase he was b This was an amazing story that was poorly written The sentence structure was tediousHe did this, he did that, he felt this, he liked that It lapsed into textbook mode occasionally, which as a scientist I dont mind that much, but it detracted from the story I also didnt understand the author and subject s need to highlight the sexual prowess of the subject It shows some prejudice to the public that they would assume that we would all think he is not attractive or desirable becuase he was blind Again, this sidebar detracted from the story But overall, an amazing scientific study and acheivement to which little is known that was very interesting to learn about I am recommending to my opthamologist friend


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    The story of Mike May s life is truly facsinating He was a record blind Olympic skier, started and ran his own companies, and underwent a radical new eye surgery that allowed him to see Great insight on how the mind processes images and sensory inputs, and how repairing a sense lost early in life is no miracle cure, as the brain simply does not know how to process the information.Unfortunately, in my opinion, Kurson s writing was poor, stale, and did not hold my interest I skimmed the lackl The story of Mike May s life is truly facsinating He was a record blind Olympic skier, started and ran his own companies, and underwent a radical new eye surgery that allowed him to see Great insight on how the mind processes images and sensory inputs, and how repairing a sense lost early in life is no miracle cure, as the brain simply does not know how to process the information.Unfortunately, in my opinion, Kurson s writing was poor, stale, and did not hold my interest I skimmed the lackluster narrative sections and focused only on the details which, again, were very interesting


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    There were 2 main themes 1 Blind guy lived a full and rich life with support of family and friends before and after rare sight restoring surgery.2 This Blind guy got LOTS OF GIRLS, and they were REALLY HOT infact sometimes he dated two or three at the same time He married a HOT GIRL too And he had PLENTY of opportunities to cheat on her, not that he did, but he could have Did I mention that he got LOTS of girls despite being blind Lots of them Cute ones.


  9. says:

    I had never heard of Mike May, but his journey was interesting to follow Pretty easy to read Some parts went a little slow with details, but overall an enjoyable read.


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    What I loved about this book I m giving this 5 stars because of the fascinating parts about what happens when you restore vision to a blind person, and not because of the writing It is unbelievable to learn about how we really see , and I don t doubt that it will be a real surprise to most people.This is the story of Mike May, one of only 20 or so people in recorded history to have been blind for a significant part of their lives and then have their vision restored The vision science is fasc What I loved about this book I m giving this 5 stars because of the fascinating parts about what happens when you restore vision to a blind person, and not because of the writing It is unbelievable to learn about how we really see , and I don t doubt that it will be a real surprise to most people.This is the story of Mike May, one of only 20 or so people in recorded history to have been blind for a significant part of their lives and then have their vision restored The vision science is fascinating I couldn t get enough of it and would recommend the book to anyone just for that reason It will even make you look at your exploring baby in a new way Although some sections in the middle slow down and seem extraneous, on the whole it is very well written and fast paced It islike a novel than non fiction in that sense I read it in just a few evenings What I didn t love about this book I would have been fine with a book just about the vision There was a lot in here about the man, his life, his wife, etc Some of it was inspiring because he was so alive, despite being blind He is clearly adventurous some might say reckless and a risk taker, but it was a little too sickeningly sweet I thought the descriptions of his childhood were really good though His mother was amazing


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