A city is hit by an epidemic of “white blindness” that spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and assaulting women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides her charges—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and their procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. As Blindness reclaims the age-old story of a plague, it evokes the vivid and trembling horrors of the twentieth century, leaving readers with a powerful vision of the human spirit that’s bound both by weakness and exhilarating strength.
The idea behind this book was a really interest one. All of a sudden a man at a set of traffic lights goes blind, but rather than seeing black he is seeing white. When all the people he comes into contact with after however also go white blind the government tries to control the spread by sending them all to an asylum. The doctor who seen the first man’s wife goes with him to the asylum although not yet blind but soon the number of people is more than the building and the government can handle. As things get out of control the horrors inside the asylum increase and the poor wife of the doctor becomes the only one left with her sight. I thought that the story was going to be about her and why she was the only one left but it was more a look at humanity, With every one blind the people inside the asylum have to relearn how to interpret the world around them and to organise themselves. It was amazing how quickly things turned into chaos. I was surprised by the amount of characters that displayed immoral characteristics and the horrors they put each other through. Of course there was also a lot of good characters that reacted they way you would hope you would and I think the contrast shows both sides of humanity at the extremes. It was quite a difficult book to read. The characters don’t have name and as there is a lot of speech it isn’t punctuated as normal. If I am honest I was mostly disappointed by the end because the story didn’t really develop into anything and I wont be reading the second one however I am going to watch the film.