When the university merged his Department of Linguistics with English, Professor Desmond Bates took early retirement, but he is not enjoying it. But his daily discontent is nothing compared to the affliction of hearing loss, which is a constant source of domestic friction and social embarrassment. In the popular imagination, he observes, deafness is comic, as blindness is tragic, but for the deaf person himself it is no joke.
It is through his deafness that Desmond inadvertently gets involved with a young woman whose wayward and unpredictable behaviour threatens to destabilize his life completely...
©2008 David Lodge (P)2008 W F Howes Ltd
"Entertaining, but with a serious message"
This book is an interesting mix of the humorous and the serious. It really brings our attention to how deafness is viewed in our society - we tend to find it irritating rather than having compassion for its sufferers. There are definitely a few cringe-worthy moments in there, and it is well narrated.
"Easy to listen to but a bit dull and uneventful"
This story was easy to listen to but in the end it was rather dull and dour. Nothing of great note occurs, we expect some interesting climax to all the loose ends but just get death and disappearance. It's fine for a basic listen but don't expect to be thrilled.
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