1st book finished for my Summer Reading Challenge
Deafening by Frances Itani
WINNER of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize - Best Book (Caribbean & Canada) 2004, Shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2005
Rating: 4 (Very Good)
You can tell that Itani is a poet; each word seemed to be chosen with care. The story follows Grania, who lost her hearing after having scarlet fever at age 5, from childhood to her marriage during WWI. The beginning chapters that described her relearning to communicate, and her family's various reactions to her deafness, were wonderful. Through Itani's rich details, we're allowed into her life and begin to understand what it must have been like to be deaf at that time. As a result, the contrast between her quiet, internal life with the intense noise, and trauma of the war scenes was all the more vivid. Slow at times, but never boring; a touching story.
"Sound is always more important to the hearing."