Seeing Voices: A Journey Into the World of the Deaf

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Picador, 2009 - American Sign Language - 222 pages
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With Seeing Voices Dr Sacks launches us on a journey into the world of the deaf – which he explores with the same passion and insight that have illuminated other human conditions for his readers everywhere.

‘Oliver Sacks, blessed with an understanding heart and poetic voice, speaks the language of the deaf. An exquisite, as well as revelatory, work’ Studs Terkel

‘This scholarly and carefully documented book is a landmark for deaf rights. It makes the gigantic, imaginative leap so essential to understanding total deafness’ Jack Ashley, Sunday Telegraph

‘Compelling . . . A journey well worth taking . . . One cannot read more than a few pages of Sacks without seeing something in a new way’ Los Angeles Times

‘Written by a hearing – and caring – neurologist who through empathy and contact has penetrated a long way into deaf culture. What he has written about should be compulsory reading – I do not recall another book which puts the issues so clearly for the rest of us’ Alex Comfort, Guardian

‘A manifesto characteristically humane and impassioned . . . Once more Sacks proves he is the doyen of science with a human face’ Roy Porter, Sunday Times

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User Review  - Kaethe - LibraryThing

The first two sections are a bit of a slog. Sacks goes into the history of educating deaf people, and he veers off all over the place into footnotes that are neither amusing nor informative. Despite ... Read full review

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User Review  - Evalangui - LibraryThing

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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About the author (2009)

Oliver Sacks was educated in London, Oxford, California and New York. He is a professor of clinical neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is the author of many books, including the bestselling The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings.

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