schmoozie's Reviews > A Man Without Words
A Man Without Words
Jun 13, 2008
Condescending and ill-informed. I really didn't like this book. The author even states that when this "languageless" man encounters a Deaf person, they exchange more information than she had been able to in weeks with him. Then the end of the book has a description of a group of "languageless" people who apparently are communicating without language! They are all deaf and come from the same country...gosh could it be they have a different signed language or are using a pidgin created from the various homesign systems they have brought together? Obviously, Ildefonso has a homesign system he used with his brother. So she didn't teach him the basic concepts of the world, nor did she teach him the rudiments of language. She introduced him to many things, yes, but she gives herself far too much credit.
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June 13, 2008 – Shelved
February 15, 2009 – Finished Reading