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Voyage to the Island por Raija Nieminen
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Voyage to the Island (edição 1991)

por Raija Nieminen

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A voyage into the world of deafness marked by brilliance in analogies. -- Library JournalProvides a sensitive, cross-cultural perspective. -- BooklistRaija Nieminen, a deaf woman from Finland, had been leading a very full life as both a librarian and mother of two children. Then her husband Jukka won an exciting new job designing the harbor in the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia. Raija suddenly needed to start her life over again in a small, hot, developing country where both the hearing and deaf populations used languages foreign to her.Voyage to the Island recounts the remarkable story of how she adjusted to a strange, exotic island, first by seeking out other deaf persons and learning their sign language. Later, she met Alfonso, a deaf child and an orphan, and realized that he was only one of many deaf children who needed her help. Soon, Raija was teaching at the island's school for the deaf.Her vivid stories of daily frustration mixed with moments of exhilaration at the school make Voyage to the Island an unforgettably moving book. It becomes even more poignant against the backdrop of her own accomplishments as a deaf person advocating complete communication among all people in all communities.… (mais)
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Título:Voyage to the Island
Autores:Raija Nieminen
Informação:Gallaudet University Press (1991), Hardcover, 265 pages
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A fascinating memoir in many respects. The author, a deaf woman from Finland, spent several years in St. Lucia in the 1970s teaching at a school for deaf children. The deaf were treated very badly in St. Lucia and it was assumed they couldn't learn, so Raija's students came to her having never learned sign language or lip-reading or writing, and thus being very difficult to teach.

Raija wrote about the school in compelling detail, as well as her own difficulties being deaf in a hearing society. She was more fortunate than most because she had been born with good hearing and gradually lost it until she became totally deaf as a young adult. But she could talk and read lips because she had once been able to hear.

Raija also sort of adopted a deaf street urchin, who stayed at her house for over seven months and was treated like a son. I think the boy might have had Reactive Attachment Disorder. He certainly was a great challenge -- from what she describes, I think I would have wanted to strangle him very quickly.

I think this memoir could be of interest to a lot of people. It provides a great description of deaf culture and the challenges of deafness, of being a foster parent to a special needs child, and also the island culture of St. Lucia. ( )
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A voyage into the world of deafness marked by brilliance in analogies. -- Library JournalProvides a sensitive, cross-cultural perspective. -- BooklistRaija Nieminen, a deaf woman from Finland, had been leading a very full life as both a librarian and mother of two children. Then her husband Jukka won an exciting new job designing the harbor in the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia. Raija suddenly needed to start her life over again in a small, hot, developing country where both the hearing and deaf populations used languages foreign to her.Voyage to the Island recounts the remarkable story of how she adjusted to a strange, exotic island, first by seeking out other deaf persons and learning their sign language. Later, she met Alfonso, a deaf child and an orphan, and realized that he was only one of many deaf children who needed her help. Soon, Raija was teaching at the island's school for the deaf.Her vivid stories of daily frustration mixed with moments of exhilaration at the school make Voyage to the Island an unforgettably moving book. It becomes even more poignant against the backdrop of her own accomplishments as a deaf person advocating complete communication among all people in all communities.

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