Deaf Sentence

Deaf Sentence

Book - 2008
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A witty, tender novel about the travails of old middle age, from a Booker finalist Desmond Bates is a recently retired linguistics professor vexed by his encroaching deafness and at loose ends in his personal life. Without the purposeful routine of the academic year, he finds his role reduced to that of escort and house-husband while his wifeas late-flowering career as the owner of a home design store flourishes. The monotony of his days is relieved only by wearisome journeys to London to check on the welfare of his querulous, elderly father, an ex-dance musician. But these discontents are nothing compared to the affliction of hearing loss, which is a constant source of domestic friction and social embarrassment. It is through his deafness that Desmond inadvertently gets involved with a young woman who seeks his support in matters academic and not so academic; and whose wayward and unpredictable behavior threatens to destabilize his life completely. Deaf Sentence is a funny, moving account of one manas effort to come to terms with deafness and death, aging and mortality, the comedy and tragedy of human life.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2008
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780670019922
Branch Call Number: F LOD


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Jun 02, 2016

Loved the perspective of the protagonist. The hi-jinks that ensued after becoming entangled with a strange young woman? Not so much.

Feb 03, 2015

An interesting and well written book that weaves the challenges of hearing loss, an ageing parent and the intricacies of marriage and a blended family.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 14, 2014

How can I sell a novel about a retired linguistics prof who is going deafer by the day? David Lodge is an author I have enjoyed over the years so I took it on faith to give this one a try. What a great read! You will gain a sympathetic understanding of the frustrations faced by the hard of hearing (turning up the hearing aid is not always the solution) while being pulled along by interesting characters and a plot line involving a student stalker.

Sep 05, 2010

Disappointing; one sympathises with a deaf person, and Lodge makes clear 100 reasons why we should sympathise more. But still, if after 4 chapters we're still reading clinical detail and not much story, the premise begins to lose our imaginative response.


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