Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf

Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf

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by Oliver Sacks
     
 

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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 forSee more details below

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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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Sacks (neurology, Einstein College of Medicine, and well-known as the author of The Man who mistook his wife for a hat) discusses the history, culture, and language of deaf people in the US. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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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

"Fascinating and richly rewarding—. Sacks is a profoundly wise observer."—The Plain Dealer

"One cannot read more than a few pages of Sacks without seeing something in a new way. His breadth of understanding and expression seems limitless."—Kansas City Star

"A remarkable book, penetrating, subtle, persuasive—. [It] will likely become a classic."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307834119
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/29/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
173,803
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Oliver Sacks lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
1933
Place of Birth:
London, England
Education:
B.M., B.Ch., Queen's College, Oxford, 1958

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