The Arizona RETINA Booklist

Submitted by cjdockens on Thu, 05/07/2020 - 15:20

For those still stuck at home or just trying to find something while self-isolating, here are some eye-related book recommendations. This is a short list of various works of fiction that somehow relate to eyes! 


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This historical fiction novel set during World War II follows the stories of two very different young people. One is a boy in Germany, and the other is a blind girl in France. 


The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

This is another historical fiction novel about a young black girl in Ohio who wishes that her eyes turn blue.


The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

This short science fiction story is about a scientist who discovers a very powerful microscope. A great quick read for those interested in optical equipment!


In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant

This historical fiction novel set in Renaissance Italy follows a group of people who try to integrate themselves into Venician life, and it features a blind healer woman.


Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This classic novel is about a group of boys who get stranded on an island in the middle of the ocean, and a very important part of the book happens to be someone’s glasses.


The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkein

This fantasy trilogy set in Middle Earth follows the thrilling journey of the “one ring to rule them all”  as well as features the all-seeing Eye of Sauron!  


The Max Carrados Stories by Ernest Bramah

This series of short stories follows the blind detective Max Carrados as he solves different mysteries.


The Oedipus Cycle (Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone) by Sophocles

These classic Greek tragedies follow the family of Oedipus and his cursed family line. They also feature the blind seer Tiresias! (As well as another eye-related spoiler…)


BONUS: The Odyssey by Homer

This epic poem actually has a brief cameo of the blind seer Tiresias as he helps Odyseus on his journey back to his home.