The Optician of Lampedusa [E–pub READ]

The Optician of LampedusaI m so grateful to Waterstones for including this marvelous little book in their 6 best books of 2016 list otherwise who knows when I d have come across it He could not IGNORE THE FACT THAT THE WAVING the fact that the waving had always been visible to him They had waved in the water es but they had also waved from the reception centre from the church steps and from the roadside where he had jogged past them blindly They had waved from the newspaper columns and from the television screens where he had filtered them out and switched them off They had always been in his line of vision and he had chosen not to see them The Optician of Lampedusa is one of the most moving eye opening books I have ever read It made me feel so guilty and cold it constantly made me cry my eyes out But that s the pointThi How naive he d been thought the optician how naive Because there would always be greater sorrow deeper and unfathomable than any of us could ever imagine p 83Bad things happen all the time Suffering is a feature of life for many people When this suffering happens on our doorstep an initial flurry of interest is followed by a long steady wane as what was the extraordinary becomes routine So it is with the boatloads of people making their way towards Europe For a brief moment Europe seemed to care The passage of time saw even these tragic stories become absorbed into the fabric of normal life Emma Jane Kirby s book The Optician of Lampedusa hits the pause button on our collective forgetting This is an Italian optician s story a short tale of his coming into contact with the raw human tragedy occurring with regularity on Europe s southern shores The optician is sailing with friends when he comes across hundreds of drowning Eritreans among others The book chronicles the moments before during and after their rescueKirby s strength is to stick to detailed observations relaying what was going through the Italian optician s mind what he was seeing and hearing It reconnects the reader with the unvarnished reality of those being smuggled into Europe It s a uniue account in its directness and was a sober reminder of something that I had started to forgetIf I have one criticism of the book it is the perspective I would far rather have read a book by one of the survivors or at least to hear the story in their words I understand that European publishers feel like they need a white face to relay the stories of the other I just wish it wasn t the case Nevertheless this was a sensitively portrayed account and one I will be recommending to friends and family A true story written by a BBC reporter trying in any way possible to draw attention to something the lucky only care about if it inconveniences them huge numbers of our fellow humans currently dying in desperate dangerous flailing attempts to

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livable situations countriesThis Normal Italian Optician goes for a sail with his wife and 6 others at the end of the summer Sweet Not when the gulls crying aren t gulls but hundreds of drowning aren t gulls but hundreds of drowning less than a km off the coast of his home They manage to save 47 people all but one of them males The remaining almost 300 people died For this man his wife and 6 friends what had been an abstraction perhaps even a bother suddenly became the most intense human moments of their livesHe lived acute human misery in the eyes held it in his hands felt the desperation of life lost and barely saved against his chest the burning tears that never stop And because his heart was open he was chan. From an award winning BBC journalist this moving book turns the testimony of an accidental hero into a timeless story about the awakening of human courage and conscience 'I can hardly begin to describe to ou what I saw as our boat approached.

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GedWhat would the world be like if folks could get it without developing PTSD which of course he and his wife and friends didPrior to this day He had always been a man who had been confident about where he was going a man sure of himself and his decisions I have always thought of this was going a man sure of himself and his decisions I have always thought of this the Invictus conceit of the EuroUS white man My father who I adored had a severe case of this I am the master of my fateI am the captain of my soul Yeah maybe a little if ou are rich and powerful ou can pretend thatBut it is a delusion only allowed those cis white a delusion only allowed those cis white womb lottery winners who believe that they are in control in direct contradistinction to the fact that the earth is a speck of random matter crashing through space only held in tenuous orbit by the physical pull of a star that will die as assuredly as we will News flash Big Guys whether taken down by the shift of a tectonic plate or the change in a viral nucleoid ou will be outta here Zuck Bezos Bloomberg Trump Boris J Giant Steps to Change the World you could stop the pain See belowThe Optician he dhad his own moments of pain but he had had no idea that such profound depths of sorrow existed He could never imagine feeling such an acute sadness again Later that day the police diver found the body of aoung woman wedged into the prow of the ship clutching a bundle of rags When the rags were pulled from her the cloth had fallen away to reveal a tiny baby boy still attached to his mother by the umbilical cord And the Optician realizing his naivet thought there would always be greater sorrow the Optician realizing his naivet thought there would always be greater sorrow and unfathomable than any of us could ever imagine Beautifully written And true But that sorrow does not need to be so inevitably wide and huge and deep and endlessly long and spread across continents and peoples who were never to blameThere are those who have the power and the resources to make it so much better or in some cases even make it stop No cages for children on the southern border of the USA Easy peasy The myopic world was a softer one What a ripping line for an opticianSelective MyopiaIsn t that why so many people in wealthy countries imagining themselves ourselves worthy of comfortable lives choose to ignore the majority of the world who live and die in struggle and discomfort But really who wants to look farther than they need to I mean beyond the closest Dunkin Donuts Perhaps that s why MediCare MediCaid don t provide vision coverage I am particularly snarky today If Bernie doesn t win i may snark myself into oblivionA misanthropically myopic character the Optician must serve in his clinic shop is an Italian pissed about the migrants effect on business Not our problem What s it got to do with us What have any of these people got to do with us It becomes so much harder to tolerate the hateful once First Light Project Five Fifteen you know Once the Optician knows Once he had held these people to his chest After he has cried without end with these people about all of our lost babies It was just that sometimes he wished that his head could be still again the way it had been before they took the boat trip Before he knewToday 2 March 2020 Greek soldiers killed two migrants and wounded a third to prevent their entry and a child died when an overstuffed boat overturned trying to reach a Greek island This book was a pretty bland reading experience and I think that s because I was expecting either a non fiction style recounting of the event and its political backdrop or a first person account from the journalist s perspective in interviewing him Instead the style comes. The source of that terrible noise I hardly want to You won't understand becauseou weren't there You can't understand You see I thought I'd heard seagulls screeching Seagulls fighting over a lucky catch Birds Just birds' Emma Jane Kirby has Across as The Optician of Lampedusa the Novelization Which I think is fine I understand why it is that way it makes his story into A Story and focuses on human emotions above all else in a situation when we re
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only given cold facts and it s easy for people to avoid empathising The book has a raison d etre beyond being a good read But it wasn t a good read Which is a shame because I thought I would enjoy it and I was looking forward to reading a book about the refugee crisis He could not ignore the fact that the waving hands had always been visible to him They had waved in the water New Erotica for Feminists Satirical Fantasies of Love Lust and Eual Pay yes but they had also waved from the reception centre from the church steps and from the roadside where he had jogged past them blindly They had waved from the newspaper columns and from the television screens where he had filtered them out and switched them off They had always been in his line of vision and he had chosen not to see themOn the way home he crossed over the road to pause at the migrant boat graveyard where a flotilla of wooden cadavers lay marooned on the gravel their hulls splintered with unsightly wounds The worn out vessels were lying heavily on their sides as if in a gesture of surrender He winced as he looked at them For how manyears now had desperate people washed up here drained of every last drop of their strength He clenched his jaw And how many smashed wrecks would it take before Europe stopped debating and instead agreed to do something If The New Roger's Profanisaurus you re like me thenou ve never heard of Lampedusa It s a tiny island with a huge problem Every ear thousands of refugees fleeing Africa wash up on its shores The A deeply upsetting read that is 100% relevant Anyone who thinks they understand the human element of the current refugee crisis should read this as soon as they can This is not an issue of any bullst reclamation of a nation or any other fascist cp that seems to be being spouted currently this is a human issue with real human suffering at it s core I urge anyone and everyone to read this book now I also urge people in the UK to go and buy a copy from their local Waterstones Just Wow What a powerful accountThis book stunned me into silenceFor one so small it swells tears with words its paragraphs pull punches each chapter is a slap in the face to the reality we ve become accustomed numbed toIt made my jaw slack my insides twist we re all guilty of looking the other way like the Optician initially does with the call for charity donations but we have to hope or we have to change so that we re the one in whatever way we can being those helping handsThis also serves a poignant reminder of the truth humanity in all this what the Mr Abate s of this world can t fathom in their cruel little minds cold hearts that for a migrant there isn t choice that that risk is actually better than what they re currently subjected toThat s what hurts But it should doAnd the images in this book do that far better than any news report but they also beautifully convey the human spirit within the saviours the saved the lostWe can t always do as much as we d like but just by buying this book that S Something Especially At Places Where They something especially at places where they to charity read inform ourselves change The power (Novela) Version en español (Spanish Edition) your perspective for the better SHARE THIS STORY This is a story that needs to be told but I just don t feel it was told that well in terms of story character or writing Not one for me The most important book I read thisear I did cry all the way through it but I am glad I read Eported extensively on the reality of mass migration today In The Optician of Lampedusa she brings to life the moving testimony of an ordinary man whose late summer boat trip off a Sicilian island unexpectedly turns into a tragic rescue missio.

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