In class I read the first few pages and was immediately pulled into the book by the letter sent to Max’s mom and dad. It was a giant hook that reeled me right in. I can put myself right into Max’s shoes as a student going to school in Rochester. Well I mean kinda… now we can just text our parents.
On November 20th Willy Conley, the author of the novel, came to Nazareth College to present his book. I only read to about page thirty before the lecture. When I was at the lecture, some of the information Willy spoke about was new to me. A couple things took me by surprise. First, I was surprised how much of his signing I could actually understand being very animated made it easier to follow. Second, I was also surprised how big of a role Tom played in his life! I had no idea Tom was even in the book I thought Tom and Willy were just friends. Reading through the short stories, I pictured Tom and Willy in my head as some of the characters. I also loved reading the book and relating it to my life in Rochester. The little characteristics about Pittsford as a “snotty” rich town are funny and true.
Hearing Willy talk about deaf experiences really took me by surprise because personally I am not exposed to deaf culture I don’t usually think about how someone who is deaf would respond or comprehend different situations. Hearing about the deaf clinking of glasses (wrists) for cheers ...
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...fficult challenge, however I am sure it is done.
The chapter about the deaf heart was very moving. The detailed explanations really made you feel for Max. He was incredibly nervous even before he entered the OR and then had to wait for the “cue”. What really made me upset is when Max thought that his medical photography credibility would be ruined just because he is deaf. Some people can be so insensible and rude and it just makes me mad; these individuals are usually just ignorant to the topic.
Willy’s novel taught me about the deaf community, and gave us an insider view on what it is like to go through experiences being deaf. He also proved that being deaf is not an impairment or a disability it is a characteristic and apart of who an individual is. Every individual is different and each person has different qualities and traits that make them who they are.
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