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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A wonderful introduction to deaf language and culture. - Goodreads
This book gave me lots of insight into language. - Goodreads
His writing style is informative and engaging. - Goodreads
Amazing insight into deaf culture and history though. - Goodreads
Oliver Sacks is not a writer , he is a scientist. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Roxanne - Goodreads

Fascinating. Offers insights regarding deaf culture, linguistics, neuroscience, and history. Provides excellent example of how science is confounded by social norms and politics. Broadened my ... Read full review

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User Review  - Caroline - Goodreads

Oliver Sacks is a hearing, non-signing doctor and author who researches, analyzes, and observes the deaf and Deaf world. The portion of the book about how Sign as a primary language affects the mind ... Read full review

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Oliver Sacks lives in New York City.

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