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 - Isabel - Goodreads
It is a really important book in that it raised awareness of the language deprivation of the deaf people and their community. Schaller tried very hard to convey the idea that "languageless" people are ... Read full review
Review: A Man Without WordsUser Review - Isla - 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of ideas on the topic of languageless people, brought down by the author's well meaning but condescending tone and outdated racism.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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