By Raija Nieminen
A voyage into the area of deafness marked via brilliance in analogies. -- Library JournalProvides a delicate, cross-cultural standpoint. -- BooklistRaija Nieminen, a deaf lady from Finland, have been major a really complete existence as either a librarian and mom of 2 little ones. Then her husband Jukka gained an exhilarating new task designing the harbor within the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia. Raija all at once had to begin her lifestyles once more in a small, sizzling, constructing state the place either the listening to and deaf populations used languages overseas to her.Voyage to the Island recounts the outstanding tale of ways she adjusted to an odd, unique island, first by means of searching out different deaf people and studying their signal language. Later, she met Alfonso, a deaf baby and an orphan, and discovered that he was once just one of many deaf kids who wanted her aid. quickly, Raija used to be educating on the island's institution for the deaf.Her shiny tales of day-by-day frustration combined with moments of pleasure on the institution make Voyage to the Island an unforgettably relocating ebook. It turns into much more poignant opposed to the backdrop of her personal accomplishments as a deaf individual advocating whole verbal exchange between every person in all groups.
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I don't understand why I'm so tired. " "The same goes for me," Jukka says. "It's this language. Sometimes I feel my brains are bursting with all the new words. " And for two weeks Jukka refuses all invitations so that I have time to pull myself together and gather energy to be polite, to appear interested, even though I don't have the faintest idea what people are talking about. I have just strength enough to concentrate on following the lip movements; I try to participate somehow. But first the New Year!
I can see he reads it beautifully; we all have a nice peaceful feeling. " After that Eve, Christmas peace is all gone. We meet local people and visitors who have arrived on the island from different parts of the world. Back home in Finland, a foreigner was a rare thing; here we meet people from the north, south, east, and west every day. I try to get acquainted with these people by looking closely at their way of speaking, their behavior, and their expressions, but how interesting it would be to hear what they say!
The cars passing us on the other side of the road seem to be driving straight toward us because we're driving on the left side of the road. I wonder what this island is like, what is life like inside its houses? Everything is covered by the soft, wet darkness. In the beams of the headlights I can only see fluttering insects. The branches bending over the road are full of big tropical flowers. Where is Jukka taking us, his wife and two sons? I hope he has at least found us a decent home. Jukka stops the car.