• The Beauty of Dusk

  • On Vision Lost and Found
  • By: Frank Bruni
  • Narrated by: Frank Bruni
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (290 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times columnist and best-selling author Frank Bruni comes a wise and moving memoir about aging, affliction, and optimism after partially losing his eyesight.

One morning in late 2017, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni woke up with strangely blurred vision. He wondered at first if some goo or gunk had worked its way into his right eye. But this was no fleeting annoyance, no fixable inconvenience. Overnight, a rare stroke had cut off blood to one of his optic nerves, rendering him functionally blind in that eye - forever. And he soon learned from doctors that the same disorder could ravage his left eye, too. He could lose his sight altogether.

In The Beauty of Dusk, Bruni hauntingly recounts his adjustment to this daunting reality, a medical and spiritual odyssey that involved not only reappraising his own priorities but also reaching out to, and gathering wisdom from, longtime friends and new acquaintances who had navigated their own traumas and afflictions.

The result is a poignant, probing, and ultimately uplifting examination of the limits that all of us inevitably encounter, the lenses through which we choose to evaluate them and the tools we have for perseverance. Bruni’s world blurred in one sense, as he experienced his first real inklings that the day isn’t forever and that light inexorably fades, but sharpened in another. Confronting unexpected hardship, he felt more blessed than ever before. There was vision lost. There was also vision found.

©2022 Frank Bruni. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Beautiful and optimistic

Beautifully written and inspiring. A reminder that we are all dealing with something. I am only halfway through and I am already thinking that I want to listen again, and about who I should send a copy to.

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Interesting, Thoughtful, Inspiring

Enjoyed The Beauty of Dusk immensely. Mr. Bruno gave me much to think about. This book will stay with me for a very long time.

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Inspirational

This book was very inspirational for anyone but especially those of us with vision loss and blindness hovering.

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A Must Read

A must read for anyone and everyone of every ability level. Bruno’s writing evokes the fragility we all feel.

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Life affirming

I loved every minute of this presentation. While the subject matter could be considered depressing, the life affirming commentary left me with nothing but positive thoughts and wonderful ideas about ways to improve my own outlook on life. I what this in my library and intend to purchase the print edition.

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Whiny, thinly veiled bragging.

If you want an insightful look into the world of blindness, this isn't it. Ramblings on various subjects are barely connected with the blurry vision detail. The great revelations were things the rest of us figured out in our 20's. This book gave Mr. Bruni an opportunity to brag about his Morehead Scholarship, high paying job, financial security, active social life and extensive travels.
Unfortunately, it was recommended for our book club. We all agreed, it is ehh.

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THE book that I have MOST enjoyed in years!

This is my first experience reading the work of Frank Bruni, and while I picked it up because of a desire to read about his sightedness challenges (I have a similar diagnosis), I gained so much more! I found myself cheering his gorgeous and expansive use of words (what a joy). Smiles would repeatedly cross my face as I heard of the many interesting and inspiring people whose stories he shared. Every subject matter covered was eye opening without being overwhelming, fresh, without being oversimplified, and he covered a lot of interesting ground. The last page arrived too quickly, but now I am happy to double back and explore his other works. Thanks Frank Bruni, it was a pleasure getting to know you!

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Wonderful!

a beautiful, insightful, and tender memoir. it's read by the author, who does a great job.

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Beautifully written

Compelling and beautifully written by a master story teller! I listened to it on Audible, read by the author. Highly recommend.

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Not what I expected.

As a fan of Frank Bruno’s writing, I was looking forward to this book and it’s promised message. I have a friend with his eye condition so I was familiar with his situation. While the book is well written and well performed, I actually found it the opposite of uplifting. He discusses friends with various afflictions, surprising suicides, his former boyfriend, career changes and the more I read, I found myself (an admitted mostly reformed hypochondriac) getting a little down and worried about things. As this point, I may skip around to the end because he kind of lost me but I do wish him well in dealing with his eyesight loss which can’t be easy.

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inspirational

So much of what is shared resonates with me. Bruni's realistic yet hopeful attitude inspires me. There are alternatives to complete despair. Grateful for this book. Well worth it.