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John Howard Griffin in Black Like Me, told the story of passing as a black man in the Deep South in 1959. Scattered Shadows tells a similarly remarkable story of his ten years in the country of the blind. It begins in the South Pacific with a war injury that stole his vision along with his entire familiar reality. It moves to France, where his last months of fading vision include time in a monastery, immersed in the glory of Gregorian Chant, and adjusting to the magnitude of his transition.
Gradually Griffin discovers that what had seemed a total, calamitous loss becomes a portal into a new world. His journey leads him on a spiritual quest to find his true identity, his vocation, and the meaning of life. All this takes place before the day when his eyesight miraculously begins to return...
John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) wrote many books including Follow the Ecstasy: The Hermitage Years of Thomas Merton. His classic Black Like Me, recently re-issued, has sold over ten million copies and been translated into fourteen languages.
Robert Bonazzi, a poet and founder of Latitudes Press, is author of Man in the Mirror: John Howard Griffin and the Story of Black Like Me.