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The blind brother

Homer Greene

Book Overview: 

This is the first book written by Homer Greene, whose primary occupation was lawyer. It tells of 14-year-old Tom Taylor, and his 12-year-old blind brother Bennie, who work in the Pennsylvania coal mines in the late 1800s, earning money for an operation for the younger lad. A story of strikes and mine "falls" (cave-ins) along the way.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .But his progress was very slow.


Then there came upon him the sensation of being in a strange place. It did not seem like the heading along which he went to and from his daily work. He reached out with his cane upon each side, and touched nothing. Surely, there was no place in the heading so wide as that.

But he kept on.

By-and-by he became aware that he was going down a steep incline. The echoes of his footsteps had a hollow sound, as though he were in some wide, open space, and his cane struck one, two, three, props in succession. Then he knew he was somewhere in a chamber; and knew, too, that he was lost.

He sat down, feeling weak and faint, and tried to think. He remembered that, at a point in the heading about two-thirds of the way to the foot, a passage branched off to the right, crossed under the slope, and ran out into the southern part of the mine, where he had never been. He thought he must have turned . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I read this book for school and it was actually pretty good! I loved Tom and Bennie’s brotherhood. Five stars for sure.

it was good!

I liked a lot, and the story was entertaining. The plot really had me on the edge of my seat 8/10!

This isn't something I would read unless I had to, but I didn't hate it. It's also ok if it doesn't emerge out of obscurity. It's a decently written moralistic tale with a few moments of above average beauty.

This is a great touching read about Tom and his blind brother, who supported their widowed mom, and saved money, by working for the mines.
The miners go on strike, and the breaker is burned.
Tom witnesses things that night, but he is given money for his blind brother to get treated, to see again, if

Crazy that our economy used to be powered by children risking their lives in coal mines. This book treats child labor as totally normal and even noble. Interesting historical artifact.

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