Seeing Voices

Publisher: Vintage Canada
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."


"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