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Deaf Sentence by David Lodge
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Jan 02, 11

really liked it
Read in January, 2011

A great book that is so funny. He is a wise and wonderful writer. I may have loved it because I don't hear so well myself and am married to someone who doesn't hear so well too. There are so many funny miscommunications and situations (A Christmas party was my favorite - it could have been a scene from a movie). Even though spiced up with a little dalliance with an unbalanced graduate student, this book doesn't have much of plot but it doesn't matter with Lodge's wit and wisdom. The end is poignant - getting old is not much fun and being deaf is "less an affliction than a sentence..."
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message 1: by Charlie (new)

Charlie I know you liked it, I heard you laughing out loud in Minnesota.


message 2: by ML (new)

ML Wondering whether Lodge treats a common response to simple age-impaired hearing; many assume that anyone whose hearing is impaired is mentally impaired, as well.


Elizabeth He covers it all and does indeed touch on the that as well as the different reactions to blind (cute dogs) and deaf. Also, he has the academic scene down so perfectly - the retired linguistic professor protagonist has discourses on so many interesting things. Lodge is a great observer and is going deaf himself and admits the relationship between the narrator and his father have their sources in his own experience.


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