A Man Without Words
For more than a quarter of a century, Ildefonso, a Mexican Indian, lived in total isolation, set apart from the rest of the world. He wasn't a political prisoner or a social recluse, he was simply born deaf and had never been taught even the most basic language. Susan Schaller, then a twenty-four-year-old graduate student, encountered him in a class for the deaf where she had been sent as an interpreter and where he sat isolated, since he knew no sign language. She found him obviously intelligent and sharply observant but unable to communicate, and she felt compelled to bring him to a comprehension of words.
A Man without Words vividly conveys the challenge, the frustrations, and the exhilaration of opening the mind of a congenitally deaf person to the concept of language.
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Review: A Man Without WordsUser Review - Omgitssarah - Goodreads
I really enjoyed this book. However, she had a type of vocabulary that was very biased and insensitive. I wished she didn't view herself as some God or heavenly sent angel that turned Ildefonso ... Read full review
Review: A Man Without WordsUser Review - Isla Ducky - Goodreads
This book is an excellent source of ideas on the topic of languageless people, brought down by the author's well meaning but condescending tone and outdated racism. fascinating story well worth its weaknesses. Read full review
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