December 12, 1977 12:00 PM

by Eleanor Clark

Those familiar with the work of National Book Award winner Eleanor Clark (Rome and a Villa, The Oysters of Locmariaquer) will not be surprised to find that Eyes, Etc.—her meditation on the drastic impairment of her sight from internal hemorrhaging—is a flinty, inspiring essay on the human condition. Almost despairingly at first, Clark wrote a page a day with Magic Markers on large sketch pads. Throughout, sentimentality remained foreign to her. “I can foresee becoming a mental cripple and already have fallen into sneaky little ways of covering up for not being on the ball,” she worries. Underlying her attitude is the image of Homer, whose heroic age Clark contrasts to the self-pitying modern one. Eyes is a courageous, remarkable book. (Pantheon, $7.95)

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