Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf
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.
This book begins with the history of deaf people in the 18th century, the often outrageous ways in which they have been treated in the past, and their continuing struggle for acceptance in a hearing world.
And it examines the visual language of the deaf - Sign - which has only in the past decade been recognised fully as a language linguistically complete, rich, and as expressive as any spoken language.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ajlewis2 - LibraryThing
This book was very informative. What impressed me most was how important it is that deaf people not be pushed to vocal communication, but rather use Sign. I was surprised to learn that American Sign ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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