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 (author) Oliver Sacks

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 18mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 5 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330523643
  • ISBN 13: 9780330523646
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 53,660

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'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 learn to categorize their respective worlds -- and how they convey and communicate those experiences to others. 'Seeing Voices is a manifesto, characteristically humane and impassioned; once more, Sacks proves he is the doyen of science with a human face' Sunday Times 'Empathetic, intelligent and compassionate' Guardian 'Scholarly and carefully documented, Seeing Voices makes the gigantic leap so essential to understanding total deafness' Sunday Telegraph 'A passionate meditation on the richness of sign language' Independent

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Oliver Sacks is a physician and the author of many books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film) and Musicophilia. Born in London and educated at Oxford, he now lives in New York City, where he is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is the first, and only, Columbia University Artist, and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the British Empire. For more information, visit www.oliversacks.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"

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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 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."