- Paperback: 286 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st Owl Book Ed edition (5 Sept. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805007229
- ISBN-13: 978-0805007220
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,115,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
In This Sign (Owl Books) Paperback – 5 Sep 2000
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"Joanne Greenberg has taken the world of the deaf and made it an extension of everyone's experience-and made it a metaphor for childish innocence, for grown-up alienation and loneliness . . . and for the inability of all of us to truly listen and speak. "-T"he New York Times"
Joanne Greenberg has taken the world of the deaf and made it an extension of everyone's experience-and made it a metaphor for childish innocence, for grown-up alienation and loneliness . . . and for the inability of all of us to truly listen and speak. The New York Times"
About the Author
Joanne Greenberg is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed and popular novels, including I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.
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Other than that, I will have to say, being deaf in the early part of the century also means lack of communication and poor education. This couple fought to survive through the Great Depression and WWII, struggled to raise a family (ironically, both children could hear) and still keep food in their bellies and clothes on their backs with a roof over their heads. They not only had one strike against them, being deaf, they had another strike against them when they were forced to repay $6,000 back to the car dealer who sold them a car. It took them over twenty years to pay it off and they struggled throughout that entire time.
This is an angry and bitter book and I wonder if the author has any personal experience with the deaf culture since she has written so convincingly of their thoughts and ideas. I may be deaf, but I have never signed and I also have never experienced the desolation of these characters. I do relate however, to the daughter's shame of her parents' deafness and their "loud" expressions of their hands when they signed. It has given me an insight of what life was like before I was born, what my life would have been like if I was born just thirty/forty years sooner. And it is not pleasant.
If you're interested in learning more about the deaf culture, this book would do it. But not in the way you might expect since it is a story about a family who fought against the odds to remain alive. It is also a great historical piece of information if you like that sort of thing. If you're looking for a good story, this one might not exactly fit the bill as it is depressing and bitter.
In this book Joanne Greenberg tells the story of a deaf couple and their hearing daughter. The story is so sad, I have cried alot, and at the same time I learn so much from the book. Janice and Abel are both deaf and because of a misunderstanding early in their married life, a misunderstanding because they are unable to hear, their lives make a tragic turn. This change their lives dramaticaly, and takes away most of the beauty. Their daughter can hear, and becomes the link for Janice and Abel to the world of hearers, a world they don't understand and don't trust.
This is the story about Janice and Abel who live in their own world. A world of signs. Signs they are ashamed to show. They are quite young when they leave deaf school to marry, and the book is a heartbreaking story of their fight for their lives in the hearing world.
A book you will learn alot from, a book you can't put down once you have started.
Britt Arnhild Lindland
Hearing people will never be able to understand how frustrating a deaf person's life often is. It is hard to have to go through an interpreter for all your business and often private transactions.
This book beautifully told the story from both sides, and I highly recommend it to anyone.
I think this is the first time I liked a movie better than the book. While the book was good, it didn't give me as much of a background into the story as I'd hoped.
There were a few points of the story I wish would have been expanded upon, but I felt like I was left hanging a little bit.