Sunday, August 28, 2011
Thunder Dog Book Review
Thunder Dog tells the story of Michael Hingson and his guide dog, Roselle, who both escaped from the north tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001. Since she is prominent on the cover, I expected to be impressed with the heroics of Roselle in this book, but instead I came away inspired with Michael and his story of growing up as a blind boy in a seeing world. I was so impressed to know he actually rode a bike all around town with no assistance. Compare this to our current day and age when many parents don't allow their seeing children ride around the block without supervision!
It was interesting to hear Michael's detailed description of his descent from the North Tower. Being blind, his perspective focused more on touch, smell and sound. Turns out that these were the senses that everyone was dealing with as most of the descent was in the dark. In reading this book, I was able to briefly enter into their experience and emotions.
As we get ready to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I found this book to be a good reminder of both the horror of the day and the hope that accompanied it.