A Man Without Words Author:Susan Schaller For more than a quarter of a century, Ildefonso, a Mexican Indian, lived in total isolation, set apart from the rest of the world. He wasn't a political prisoner or a social recluse, he was simply born deaf and had never been taught even the most basic language. Susan Schaller, then a twenty- four- year-old graduate student, encountered h... more »im in a class for the deaf where she had been sent as an interpreter and where he sat isolated, since he knew no sign language. She found him obviously intelligent and sharply observant but unable to communicate, and she felt compelled to bring him to a comprehension of words. A Man without Words vividly conveys the challenge, the frustrations, and the exhilaration of opening the mind of a congenitally deaf person to the concept of language.« less
More or less from the cover: For more than a quarter of a century, Ildefonso, a Mexican Indian, lived in total isolation, set apart from the rest of the world because he was born deaf and had never been taught even the most basic language. A twenty-year old graduate student first encountered him in a class for the deaf, where she had mistakenly been sent as an interpreter...Something in his face captured her imagination, adn she became determined to reach him...[She] finally broke through the barrier to teach Ildefonso--first, that language existed, and then, how to use it.