Children of a Lesser God

Children of a Lesser God

by Mark Medoff


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After three years in the Peace Corps, James, a young speech therapist, joins the faculty of a school for the deaf, where he is to teach lip-reading. He meets Sarah, a school dropout, totally deaf from birth, and estranged both from the world of hearing and from those who would compromise to enter that world. Fluent in sign language, James tries, with little success, to help Sarah, but gradually the two fall in love and marry. At first their relationship is a happy and glowing one, as the gulf of silence between them seems to be bridged by their desire to understand each other's needs and feelings, but discord soon develops as Sarah becomes militant for the rights of the deaf and rejects any hint that she is being patronized and pitied. In the end the chasm between the worlds of sound and silence seems almost too great to cross�but love and compassion hold the hope of reconciliation, and a deeper, fuller understanding of differences that, in the final essence, can unite as well as divide.

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ISBN-13: 9780822202035
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/1994
Pages: 87
Sales rank: 743,611
Product dimensions: 5.27(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.33(d)

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Children of a Lesser God 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
d_jones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A play about a 26 year old deaf woman who refuses to speak from fear of how she might sound to others. The new teacher, James, at the deaf school where she is a maid, falls in love with and tries to change her stubborness. This is a difficult book to read because every word and sentence Sarah speaks is repeated by James. She is deaf and he is hearing. It becomes quite repetitive and hard to follow. However, it may be good for a play for older high schoolers due to some sexual references.
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