Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

Books on a disabled person?

i need one FOCUSED on that person cause i hav 2 do a ten page essay on one. please pick a good, not "difficult look up in the dictionary" type of words novel. thats also fun to read because i have a hard time focusing on a boring book


also any movies???? but im focused on a book

Update 2:

also nothing TOOO sad cause i cry easily and nothing scaryyy

10 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    "My Left Foot" by Christy Brown (made into a film starring Daniel Day-Lewis): "Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. [He is] able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds. Later, Christy develops into a brilliant painter, poet and author."

    "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time" by Mark Haddon -- a real page turner!: "Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother."

    "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes: "Charlie Gordon, a mentally retarded thirty-two-year-old man, is chosen by a team of scientists to undergo an experimental surgery designed to boost his intelligence. The directors of the experiment ask Charlie to keep a journal. The entire narrative of Flowers for Algernon is composed of the progress reports that Charlie writes." Another quick and gripping read.

    "Forrest Gump" by Winston Groom

    "A Very Long Engagement" by Sebastien Japrisot: "In a search for killers of five French soldiers, one of them her lover, wheelchair-ridden Mathilde Donnay discovers the tragic fate of the condemned, and the strange destiny of the saved." Sounds slightly ponderous, but it's not.

  • Sandie
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Someone already mentioned "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time" by Mark Haddon...It was an incredible book and even a quick read. An autistic teenaged boy investigates the murder of his neighbor's poodle. A little on the sad side but not too bad.

    "Light a Single Candle" by Beverly Butler It's about a teenage girl who loses her sight and how she comes to deal with how this impacts her life.

    "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck Aside from the fact that you will probably have to read it eventually is a good book about two men (brothers?) one of whom is mentally retarded who work as farm laborers.

  • 1 decade ago

    "Black Water" by Rachel Anderson is a great read.

    From Booklist

    Gr. 6^-9. Anderson, who wrote about disabled children with such candor in The Bus People (1992), manages a somewhat fuller portrait of a disabled child in this disturbing yet compelling story. The writings of Victorian landscape painter and writer Edward Lear inspired the creation of Anderson's keen-witted narrator-protagonist Edward Albert, a boy who, like Lear, lived with "falling sickness," as epilepsy was once called. There's not much in the way of action in the story, but the period flavor is extraordinary. Descriptions of England's backstreets, of Edward's feelings about himself and his periodic plunges into unconsciousness, of Lear (who enters as a character toward the end) and Edward's mother, and of English customs and prejudices give readers an exquisite sense of Victorian times and the struggles of a child on the verge of manhood who has no one to rely on but himself. That Edward Albert, in the end, refuses to conform to the role his society has cast for him lifts this book out of the darkness. Stephanie Zvirin

  • 1 decade ago

    Definitely do Dog in the Night-time (as recommended by somebody else here) - it's short, it's funny, it has a disabled person in it and it's definitely not boring: what more could you ask for?

    Bear in mind that the guy in "Dog" is /mentally/ disabled. If you want physically disabled then "My Left Foot" is your best bet.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You might try My Stroke of Luck by Kirk Douglas. It tells about his struggle to regain his speech after a stroke. It's a short 192 pages and entertaining (includes his movie buddies and memories).

  • 1 decade ago

    The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. It will take some work, but a decent book.

    A much much easier read is Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck. Short and sweet.


    ADDENDUM 9/29: Forget both mine then. You'll be crying buckets if you read either of them.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    wow - hey learn to read better, learn big words. Books are well worth the investment in the time and effort you put into reading.

  • 1 decade ago

    try Helen Keller (she was blind and hearing impaired)

    the movie would be the miracle worker

    oops...the book is "the story of my life" HK

  • sweets
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    murderball by mark zupan

    might be hard to find though

  • 1 decade ago

    try this's so real and so honest

    Source(s): A BEND IN THE ROAD - (JOY IN THE JOURNEY) ... summer day left 17-year old Joni Earickson paralyzed from the neck down. ... A bend in the road for Joni Earickson Tada, no doubt, but the road has smoothed - 25k
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