Song Without Words
By Gerald Shea
(Da Capo Press, Hardcover, 9780306821936, 320pp.)
Publication Date: February 2013
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Gerald Shea's witty and candid memoir of how he compensated for his deafness--through sheer determination and an amazing ability to translate the melody of vowels. His experience gives fascinating new insight into the nature and significance of language, the meaning of deafness, the fierce controversy between advocates of signing and of oral education, and the longing for full communication that unites us all.
A brilliant window into the largely unknown world of the partially deaf: riveting to read,
and illuminating at every level.”—Antonia Fraser, author of My Life with Harold Pinter
Fascinating, heartbreaking, heroic, and relentlessly riveting.”Louis Begley, author of About Schmidt