Do you like the book The Story of My Life by Helen Keller? Why?

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The Story of My Life by Helen Keller is an interesting and important book as it gives a first hand account of the experience of being deaf and blind in a world which, especially in the period she was writing, had only minimal accommodations in place. Its description of how Keller struggled to learn how to understand and communicate with people is fascinating, and its publication, and the continued advocacy of Keller herself, contributed much to improve the lives of people with disabilities and increase sympathy and understanding for them.

Despite the importance of the book, and the inherent interest of the narrative, I do not find the prose style particularly appealing, and do not generally enjoy autobiography as a genre. Thus while I enjoy what I learn from the book, and the sense of discovery of a world alien to my own experience, I do not find it pleasurable in the sense that I might enjoy Austen or Gibbon or Eco, or other writers whose prose style I enjoy.