32: Tell Me How The Wind Sounds
Posted by ridor9th on March 19, 2008
I was digging up few books out of a box that I had it stored away and sealed for a long time. I found this hardcover novel by Leslie Davis Guccione.
‘Tell Me How The Wind Sounds’ was published Scholastic, Inc. in 1989, primarily designed for teenagers to read the love story between a hearing girl and a deaf boy. Of course, it is fiction. I was amused when the book mentioned the issues that would be addressed in the book: deaf, interpersonal relations, vacations and physically handicapped.
But no mention of teenage love story? O-kay!
Really, it is absurd tale. It is more of paternalism/patronizing tale, really. One tries to read through the “tormented” mind of Jake, the deaf son of a local fisheman — please.
I attempted to reread the novel and I could not stop snickering the first 25 pages. It is typical teenager love story but with smack of paternalism upon Deaf people in general. According to the brief summary, it reads:
A summer teaches Amanda about life and love when she meets and falls in love with Jake, the deaf son of a local fisherman.
To me, Leslie attempts to do something to build a bridge between them and us but she did it with paternalism.
Interested in getting the novel? You can check this link.
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