Seeing Voices Is Both A History Of The Deaf And An Account Of The Development Of An Extraordinary And Expressive Language Evening Standard Imaginative And Insightful,Seeing Voices Offers A Way Into A World That Is, For Many People, Alien And Unfamiliar For To Be Profoundly Deaf Is Not Just To Live In A World Of Silence, But Also To Live In A World Where The Visual Is Paramount In This Remarkable Book, Oliver Sacks Explores The Consequences Of This, Including The Different Ways In Which The Deaf And The Hearing Impaired Learn To Categorize Their Respective Worlds And How They Convey And Communicate Those Experiences To Others

8 thoughts on “Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf

  1. says:

    This is a deeply interesting book which should be read by anyone interested in language, and in sign language and the Deaf in particular.It has its faults three sections are rather bolted together but the information is clear, there are many interesting side notes that seem to take up about half the book and Sacks has found a real empathy with the deaf without losing objectivity.My only real criticism is one that the author can t do much about It was written in the 80s and while it is still very stimulating and thought provoking I now want to know how the situation of the American Deaf has progressed in the last quarter century and I m not sure where to find out yet.My own interest is that I live in rural Northern Uganda and I come across pre and post lingually deaf folk who have no real way of communicating Their awareness of the world and ability to think are severely restricted but education in Uganda Sign Language is available if only the connections and parental will can be engaged So I am seeing the native state of the deaf isolated, vulnerable, sometimes abused Its like Europe a few hundred years back.

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    Few people really understand Deaf culture and the Deaf Community They think they do but unless you identify yourself as Deaf with a capital D , I don t believe you really do I was therefore intrigued to read Seeing Voices by Oliver Sacks, mainly because he was hearing and until he started researching for this book, had little understanding of the topic matter However Mr Sacks, in my opinion, has managed just that The book is quite heavy in part and the reader needs to jump backwards and forwards between the narrative and extensive footnotes that appear at the bottom of a good many pages, but in doing so, nothing escapes the genius of what he writes I should add that I myself are hearing and simply move at the edge of the Deaf Community as a CSW This was the first book that I read by Oliver Sacks and I have since become a massive fan of his work.

  3. says:

    Oliver Sacks wrote this book in 1989 In his preface he writes that three years before he knew nothing of the situation of the deaf So this book is in many ways a chronicle of Sacks own journey of discovery Its main thesis is that the signing used by deaf people is indeed a fully fledged language with its own grammar and catalogue of nuances and styles So, for example, if two or deaf signing people meet who have no spoken or written language in common, say American and Japanese his example , within a day or two they are communicating fluently The second half of the book, a chapter titled The Revolution of the Deaf, is devoted to tracking a revolution at a university for deaf students who insist that the top academic positions should be occupied by deaf academics Oliver Sacks champions this cause, becoming, to my mind, a touch uncomfortably evangelical does he lose some objectivity Nonetheless, Seeing Voices displays Sacks trademark combination of compassion and deeply analytical insight.

  4. says:

    A wonderful and insightful book, dont think you can read it quickly for me it was full of concepts about deafness that i had never concidderd and had to take time to mull over to realy understand normally i could have read this in a day but instead it took me a month long journy to truly apreceate evrything contained in this wonderful book.

  5. says:

    Loved the book I never knew much about Sign language, so bought the book to learn something about a topic I have never thought about, and it actually opened my eyes so much as well as gave some tips on how children can develop their visuospatial abilities to a higher extent by learning sign.

  6. says:

    Seeing Voices describes with scientific accuracy and deep reflection the unique, extraordinarily multi dimensional and inventive world of the deaf The Silent Striker attempts to show this world at its incipience as encountered by a 14 year old boy who experiences hearing loss in his early teens.

  7. says:

    It s a good read, like all of his books, but doesn t compare to The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat.

  8. says:

    Sacks at his usual best, bringing out information that the general public would be ignorant about, digging into areas that even surprise him