Synopses & Reviews
In Seeing Voices "one of the great clinical writers of the 20th century" (New York Times Book Review) turns his attention to the subject of deafness, and the result is a beautiful and immensely moving book, one that not only takes us into the world of the deaf but offers a deeply felt portrait of a minority struggling for recognition and respect". Seeing Voices opens with a history of the deaf, tracing their courageous battle for acceptance in a hearing world, and goes on to consider ASL, the extraordinary mode of communication that has wide-ranging implications for the hearing as well. Finally, Dr. Sacks examines the uprising of deaf students at Gallaudet University and considers its impact on a new generation of deaf children. Like The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Seeing Voices is a fascinating voyage into a strange and wonderful land, a provocative meditation on communication, biology, and culture.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -213) and index.
About the Author
Oliver Sacks lives in New York City.