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From the moment his mother tries unsuccessfully to coax him into saying "Philadelphia," Jeremy Zorn's life is framed by his unwieldy attempts at articulation. Through family rituals with his word-obsessed parents and sister, failed first love, an ill-fated run for class president, as the only Jewish boy on an otherwise all-black basketball team, all of the passages of Jeremy's life are marked in some way by his stutter and his wildly off-the-mark attempts at a cure. It is only when he enters college and learns his strong-willed mother is dying that he realizes all languages, when used as hiding places for the heart, are dead ones.

Review:

"Shields is a talented writer, and in Dead Languages he explores fertile themes with intelligence and verbal energy." New York Times

Review:

"As touching and funny a rendering of adolescence as The Catcher in the Rye. . . . Dead Languages speaks to everyone who has ever struggled to articulate an emotion and failed to find the words." Library Journal

Review:

"An astonishing and mordantly witty tour de force. David Shields, a virtuoso of the written word, manages to make the halting, self-conscious agonies of his stuttering hero into a metaphor for all our disjointed, doomed attempts at self-definition through connection. He has transcended his subject and written a book that will touch everyone who has suffered over the inadequacies of speech to sustain life and love." Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Synopsis:

From the moment his mother tries unsuccessfully to coax him into saying "Philadelphia," Jeremy Zorn's life is framed by his unwieldy attempts at articulation. Through family rituals with his word-obsessed parents and sister, failed first love, an ill-fated run for class president, as the only Jewish boy on an otherwise all-black basketball team, all of the passages of Jeremy's life are marked in some way by his stutter and his wildly off-the-mark attempts at a cure. It is only when he enters college and learns his strong-willed mother is dying that he realizes all languages, when used as hiding places for the heart, are dead ones.

Synopsis:

A bitingly funny novel about a boy who stutters so badly he worships words. "Characters tormented by stuttering and thus prevented from expressing their most passionate feelings have played a central role in American literature. But Jeremy Zorn is the first such character to narrate his own story. . . . DEAD LANGUAGES speaks to everyone who has ever struggled to articulate an emotion and failed to find the words".--LIBRARY JOURNAL.

About the Author

David Shields' other books are Remote, A Handbook for Drowning, and Heroes. His stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Vogue, Details, the Village Voice, and Utne Reader. He lives in Seattle, where is a professor of English at the University of Washington.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555972745
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Location:
Saint Paul, Minn. :
Author:
Shields, David
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Stuttering
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Speech therapy
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Jewish families
Subject:
Jews -- United States -- Fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Graywolf Rediscovery
Publication Date:
19980501
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
246
Dimensions:
8.56 x 5.42 x 0.73 in

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Product details 246 pages Graywolf Press - English 9781555972745 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Shields is a talented writer, and in Dead Languages he explores fertile themes with intelligence and verbal energy."
"Review" by , "As touching and funny a rendering of adolescence as The Catcher in the Rye. . . . Dead Languages speaks to everyone who has ever struggled to articulate an emotion and failed to find the words."
"Review" by , "An astonishing and mordantly witty tour de force. David Shields, a virtuoso of the written word, manages to make the halting, self-conscious agonies of his stuttering hero into a metaphor for all our disjointed, doomed attempts at self-definition through connection. He has transcended his subject and written a book that will touch everyone who has suffered over the inadequacies of speech to sustain life and love."
"Synopsis" by ,
From the moment his mother tries unsuccessfully to coax him into saying "Philadelphia," Jeremy Zorn's life is framed by his unwieldy attempts at articulation. Through family rituals with his word-obsessed parents and sister, failed first love, an ill-fated run for class president, as the only Jewish boy on an otherwise all-black basketball team, all of the passages of Jeremy's life are marked in some way by his stutter and his wildly off-the-mark attempts at a cure. It is only when he enters college and learns his strong-willed mother is dying that he realizes all languages, when used as hiding places for the heart, are dead ones.

"Synopsis" by , A bitingly funny novel about a boy who stutters so badly he worships words. "Characters tormented by stuttering and thus prevented from expressing their most passionate feelings have played a central role in American literature. But Jeremy Zorn is the first such character to narrate his own story. . . . DEAD LANGUAGES speaks to everyone who has ever struggled to articulate an emotion and failed to find the words".--LIBRARY JOURNAL.
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