By turns heart-tugging and hilarious, Myron Uhlbergas memoir tells the story of growing up as the hearing son of deaf parentsaand his life in a world that he found unaccountably beautiful, even as he longed to escape it. aDoes sound have rhythm?a my father asked. aDoes it rise and fall like the ocean? Does it come and go like the wind?a Such were the kinds of questions that Myron Uhlbergas deaf father asked him from earliest childhood, in his eternal quest to decipher, and to understand, the elusive nature of sound. Quite a challenge for a young boy, and one of many he would face. Uhlbergas first language was American Sign Language, the first sign he learned: aI love you.a But his second language was spoken Englishaand no sooner did he learn it than he was called upon to act as his fatheras ears and mouth in the stores and streets of the neighborhood beyond their silent apartment in Brooklyn. Resentful as he sometimes was of the heavy burdens heaped on his small shoulders, he nonetheless adored his parents, who passed on to him their own passionate engagement with life. These two remarkable people married and had children at the absolute bottom of the Great Depressionaan expression of extraordinary optimism, and typical of the joy and resilience they were able to summon at even the darkest of times. From the beaches of Coney Island to Ebbets Field, where he watches his fatheras hero Jackie Robinson play ball, from the branch library above the local Chinese restaurant where the odor of chow mein rose from the pages of the books he devoured to the hospital ward where he visits his polio-afflicted friend, this is a memoir filled with stories about growing up not just as the child of two deaf people but as a book-loving, mischief-making, tree-climbing kid during the remarkably eventful period that spanned the Depression, the War, and the early fifties. From the Hardcover edition.From the beaches of Coney Island to Ebbets Field, where he watches his fatheras hero Jackie Robinson play ball, from the branch library above the local Chinese restaurant where the odor of chow mein rose from the pages of the books he ...
|Title||:||Hands of My Father|
|Publisher||:||Bantam - 2009-02-03|