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Itani, Frances (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Elegantly written and profoundly moving, "Deafening" is a tale of remarkable virtuosity and power, set on the eve of the Great War and spanning two continents and the life and loves of a young deaf woman in Canada named Grania O'Neill.
Authors: Itani, Frances, 1942-
Title: Deafening
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2003.
Edition: 1st American ed.
Characteristics: xiv, 378 p. ;,23 cm.
ISBN: 0871139022
Statement of Responsibility: Frances Itani
Subject Headings: World War, 1914-1918 Fiction. Deaf women Fiction. Ontario Fiction.
Genre/Form: Historical fiction.
Love stories.
War stories.
Topical Term: World War, 1914-1918
Deaf women
LCCN: 2003045108
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Aug 03, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An excellent novel about how the Great War affected small towns in rural Ontario. We follow the journey of Jim (Chim) as a Red Cross stretcher bearer throughout the war all the while his deaf wife, Grania tries to make it at home.

Dec 31, 2011
  • nadian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A rare and heartfelt insight into a young girl's world without sound, the mental, emotional, and physical fatigue of war, and an altered life when soldiers return home. Breaking from the traditional representations of soldiers in action, the novel follows a medic and his journey instead. It is a wonderful, Canadian tale that explores an aspect of war life that is never considered.

Apr 21, 2011
  • samdog123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An excellent book that tells the story of Grania, a deaf child in the early 1900's. With the help of her family, specifically her Grandmother Mamo, she learns how to cope in a hearing world, marries and deals with the absence of her husband during the war. A very moving story and one I really enjoyed.


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Apr 28, 2011
  • eparti rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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