Seeing Voices: A Journey Into the World of the Deaf

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Vintage Books, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 222 pages
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"This book will shake your preconceptions about the deaf, about language and about thought--. Sacks [is] one of the finest and most thoughtful writers of our time."--"Los Angeles Times Book Review
Like The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, this is a fascinating voyage into a strange and wonderful land, a provocative meditation on communication, biology, adaptation, and culture. In Seeing Voices, Oliver Sacks turns his attention to the subject of deafness, and the result is a deeply felt portrait of a minority struggling for recognition and respect--a minority with its own rich, sometimes astonishing, culture and unique visual language, an extraordinary mode of communication that tells us much about the basis of language in hearing people as well. Seeing Voices is, as Studs Terkel has written, "an exquisite, as well as revelatory, work."

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User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

A fascinating glimpse into the 'history of the deaf.' I use quotations because it would seem obscene to delineate a history of a particular human condition. What Sacks tries to do however is account ... Read full review

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User Review  - Evalangui - Goodreads

Published June 1989, the year after the Gallaudet University revolution. Interesting but pretty basic. Good for me since I haven't read much on the topic at all and it references other material (David ... Read full review

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Oliver Sacks lives in New York City.

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