Title: Sound-Shadows of the New World
Author: Mehta, Ved
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, New York
Publication Date: 1985
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: F
D-j Condition: NF
Comments: Front of d-j has a couple of small marks.
Synopsis: YA In the fifth volume of Mehta’s autobiographical writings, he reveals his adolescent longings and ambitions. In 1949, as a 15 year old, he traveled from his native India to the Arkansas School for the Blind. There he encountered not only the expected problems of a blind youth in a world of “sound-shadows” but also the cultural and ethnic disparities and prejudices of another country as well as the tremendous depressions of homesickness and loneliness. Ved learned to cope with his Baptist piano teacher who tried to “save” him from Hinduism, as well as his macho gym instructor who wanted him to develop wrestling and combat skills. He eventually tossed out his white cane and developed fantastic mobility through the school’s system of learning sounds and shadows. Confused by American teenage mores, he tried to fathom the customs of dances, dating, going steady, and falling in love. In Sound-Shadows of the New World, Mehta recalls lovingly the years of growth and struggle with thoughtful introspection, humor, and a sense of dignity. He left the Arkansas school to journey to California to begin college life and a writing career nourished by the often painful lessons of adolescence. These are lessons that all young people will understand.