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Deaf Sentence by David Lodge
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Aug 09, 10

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Read from June 12 to August 09, 2010, read count: 1

At first, I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. It is a story about a professor of linguistics who has taken early retirement because of his increasing deafness. I wanted to read it because my father is hard of hearing and I thought it would help me to identify with his world. In that respect, the book was excellent. I understood some of the difficulties a partially deaf person faces...leaving home in a hurry and forgetting the hearing aids, agreeing with people in a confused setting because of either misunderstanding or simply because it is easier than having everything repeated again and again.

The book was also interesting as it deals with a person whose identity is changing with the loss of a career, an elderly parent, and the everyday enjoyments no longer feasible due to increasing age and loss of agility. The main character is struggling to transition out of the active workforce and into the life of the elderly.
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