The Point of Vanishing

The Point of Vanishing

A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude

Book - 2015
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Named one of the best books of the year by Slate, Chicago Tribune, Entropy Magazine , and named one of the top 10 memoirs by Library Journal

Into the Wild meets Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man --a lyrical memoir of a life changed in an instant and of the perilous beauty of searching for identity in solitude

On a clear May afternoon at the end of his junior year at Harvard, Howard Axelrod played a pick-up game of basketball. In a skirmish for a loose ball, a boy's finger hooked behind Axelrod's eyeball and left him permanently blinded in his right eye. A week later, he returned to the same dorm room, but to a different world. A world where nothing looked solid, where the distance between how people saw him and how he saw had widened into a gulf. Desperate for a sense of orientation he could trust, he retreated to a jerry-rigged house in the Vermont woods, where he lived without a computer or television, and largely without human contact, for two years. He needed to find, away from society's pressures and rush, a sense of meaning that couldn't be changed in an instant.
Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts :, Beacon Press,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780807075463
Characteristics: 211 pages


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Apr 08, 2018

I enjoyed this book. It is very well written. Great story on self discovery.

Jan 06, 2018

Living alone in a cabin in the woods is a good way to re-set. Everyone who adopts this lifestyle has a different reason. The author writes about what sent him to the woods and what brought him back out again. I really enjoyed his descriptions of the cabin, how he tended it and also his time spent outdoors walking in the woods near his cabin- punishing as the weather might be.

May 30, 2016

This is an intriguing memoir written by a young man doing some serious soul-searching in an isolated cabin in the wilderness. His observations on the nature of perception and identity are very interesting and insightful. Well-written.

Mar 29, 2016

I had a difficult time at the start of the book as the author jumps around and seems to bringing things in randomly, then a pattern emerges and the rest is good reading.

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