(PDF DOWNLOAD) [The Optician of Lampedusa] ¸ Emma Jane Kirby
Book is a reminder that most of us tend to ignore the world s problems until they show up on our doorstep We don t truly care about something until it impacts us But by the time we start paying attention to problems it may be too late to solve themThis book helps the reader see the scale of the refugee crisis Crisis is not an overstatement There were 500 refugees on the boat that sank The Coast Guard and private citizens did whatever they could to rescue the refugees but than 360 of them drowned That was ust one boat Boats full of refugees go past Lampedusa every day on their way to Europe Thirteen thousand asylum seekers had arrived in Italy so far this year Gabriele had told them that when he d come to fetch them in the car to take them to the aircraft hangar Until now it had ust been a random meaningless figure an empty statistic Yet here they were before them flesh and blood bone and gristle with the salt of their tears mingling with their own The Optician of LampedusaI feel bad for criticizing anything about this book but I wasn t a fan of the writing At first I wondered if it was a translation it isn t because the writing is stilted There are also a few awkward scene transitions It felt like it took me a few seconds too long to figure 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 reach livable situations habitable 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 gulls but hundreds drowning Eritreans 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 changedWhat 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 as 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 you are rich and powerful you can maybe a little if you are rich and powerful you can thatBut it is a delusion only allowed those cis white men 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 you will be outta here Zuck Bezos Bloomberg Trump Boris J 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 a young 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 deeper and unfathomable than any of us could ever imagine Beautifully written And true But that sorrow does not need to be so inevita. The source of that terrible noise I hardly want to You won't understand because you 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 Bly 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 countries imagining themselves ourselves worthy of 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 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 ust 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 The most important book I read this year I did cry all the way through it but I am glad I read it 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 or from the Waterstones website throughout November every copy sold by Waterstones will result in a donation of 5 being given to Oxfam so that they can continue to provide aid and assistance to the people caught up in this most horrific of problems 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 ournalist s perspective in interviewing him Instead the style comes 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 often only given the cold facts and it s easy for often only given the cold facts and it s easy for 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 I 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 hands had always been visible to him They had waved in the water yes but they had also waved from the reception centre from the church steps and from the roadside where he had ogged 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 gu. 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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small it swells tears with words its paragraphs pull punches each chapter isit swells tears with words its paragraphs pull punches each chapter is slap in the face to the reality we ve become accustomed numbed toIt made my aw 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 wethe call for charity donations but we have to hope or we have to change so that we 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 ust by buying this book that s something especially at places where they donate to charity read inform yourselves change your perspective for the better SHARE THIS STORY He could not ignore the fact that the waving hands had always been visible to him They had waved in the water yes but they had also waved from the reception centre from the church steps and from the roadside where he had ogged 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 awith unsightly wounds The worn out vessels were lying heavily on their sides as if in a of surrender He winced as he looked at them For how many years now had desperate people washed up here drained of every last drop of their strength He clenched his aw And how many smashed wrecks would it take before Europe stopped debating and instead agreed to do something 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 init This is a story that needs to be told but I Conflict in Blood just don t feel it was told that well in terms of story character or writing Not one for me If you re like me then you ve never heard of Lampedusa It s a tiny island with a huge problem Every year thousands of refugees fleeing Africa wash up on its shores The Optician of Lampedusa is written by BBC reporter Emma Jane Kirby She tells the true story of Lampedusa s only optician and the day that changed his life forever In October of 2013 the optician and seven of his friends were on a boating trip in the Mediterranean when they heard a strange noise They steered their boat toward the noise and discovered hundreds of people drowning in the waves I thought I d heard seagulls screeching Seagulls fighting over a lucky catch Birds Just birds The Optician of Lampedusa The strange noise was people screaming A boat full of refugees had sunk The optician and his friends managed to pull 47 people out of the ocean Before this event the optician had never given much thought to the refugee crisis but after he pulled the people from the water he became desperate to know what happens to the refugees after they leave LampedusaThis tiny book fewer than 200 pages is an important read but it s not an easy one Aside from the graphic scenes of drowning it s difficult to read because the optician is so relatable He sees refugees every day but he doesn t know much about them They don t impact his life This. From an award winning BBCournalist 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 you what I saw as our boat approached.