Men With Their Hands

Men With Their Hands❴PDF❵ ❤ Men With Their Hands Author Raymond Luczak – Growing up different is never easy but Michael a deaf young man from a small town knows that he must find his true family beyond his biological one He struggles and fails to find others of his kind un Growing up different is never easy but Michael a deaf young man from a small town knows that he must find his true family beyond his biological one He struggles and fails to find others of his kind until he attends college in New York CityThere we meet a variety of people from a deaf gay family of Men With PDF or sorts Eddie an older accountant aching for love; Lee an effeminate dishwasher with a pronounced weakness for red haired men; Vince a charismatic dancer who lives intensely no matter the state of his health; Neil a brooding woodcarver who becomes a deaf woman’s obsession; Stan a lanky stock boy at the AP on Christopher Street; Ted a hard of hearing college student with ambivalent feelings about the deaf community; and Rex an ASL interpreter who avoids his own emotions during the early days of the AIDS epidemicIt is through these people that Michael no longer a smalltown boy begins to create a new family of his own Taking place from to his story will open your eyes and heart to what it means to be different in an indifferent world. An unusual book because many of the characters are deaf The author explains in an opening note that he has rendered ASL American Sign Language conversations as close as possible to the original and this element was completely compelling Whenever you have the opportunity to glimpse how another person organizes their approach to the world through language this is a rare gift I always wonder how much of our world is shaped through the particular language we use to interact with each other Here characters right in the middle of a predominantly English speaking country are using another language which lends a different flavour to their conversationsThe deaf gay world is one I've only glimpsed I had a boyfriend who knew ASL This rewarding book brings us into the lives of deaf and gay characters and makes for a fascinating read I can't remember ever reading anything uite like it before and how often can a life long reader ever say that? A beautiful and heartbreaking story It's a fiction book SO real that you can see this group of friends as a family and you in the middle signing away with them p l e a s e you look look me I'm like you you Book Report for Deaf Culture and Community VCC Deaf Studies and ASL ProgramI decided to read and review the novel Men with their Hands by Deaf author Raymond Luczak published by Rebel Satori Press in 2009I first became aware of the author in 1993 with the publication of Eyes of Desire A Deaf Gay and Lesbian Reader which Luczak edited I chose to read this novel because I had never before read a piece of fiction written by a Deaf author and because the subject matter was of great interest The novel tells the stories of a number of gay men of my generation men who came of age just before and during the early days of the AIDS epidemic Luczak introduces us to Michael a young Deaf gay man growing up in a small town in the USA who dreams of moving to New York City His life is familiar to many gay readers fraught with all the anxiety of being young and gay Michael is different however in that he is deaf wears hearing aids is subjected to extensive audiological tests discovers sign language from a deaf stranger and learns about closed captioning from his elementary school’s janitor who is also deafMichael finally does move to New York City to attend university Meanwhile Luczak introduces his readers to a wide array of interesting young and old male and female Deaf characters as well as Rex an ASL interpreter who is overwhelmed numbed and traumatized by the tsunami of AIDS wrecking havoc among his friends and clients Readers learn as much about HIVAIDS as we do about the Deaf gay culture and community of the 1980s in New York We see the characters use TTY voice relay to communicate with hearing parents We learn about the importance of Gallaudet College to one character’s life We get inside the heads and hearts of men who face the scourge of AIDS with terror and bravery whose lives reveal the gamut of human emotion from love to fear how friends become family in the face of sickness and deathIt’s a story told thousands of times in countless books and articles movies and documentaries about the lives of gay men fighting losing and winning against HIVAIDS For those of us who were there it stirs strong emotions and recollections of tremendous sadness and courage and love Luczak’s story however is innovative and compelling because it tells this familiar story from a Deaf perspective In fact the story is told from a number of Deaf perspectives as the various characters live in the Deaf world the hearing world and the world in between that only can be understood by people who live thereAn interesting aspect of Men with their Hands is the “spoken” dialogue Although the book is written in the English language the author however has his characters use ASL syntax which makes the book very interesting and compelling“Me miss you” “How you?” “O k” “O hhhh Wrong wrong?” “Me bring some S m i r n o f f vodka Anybody want i c e?” “Why you all go drink drink drink?” “What about you?” “Not m o o d” Sometimes it takes a strong drink or two to deal with the sad truth that was HIVAIDS in the 1980s A uick and easy read I recommend this novel to anyone interested in gay Deaf culture during the early days of the epidemic This novel has a rather broad sweep with an ensemble cast of nuanced characters and a timeline covering about 25 years beginning with the AIDS epidemic The focus is on a community of deaf gay men in New York City their loves friendships grief loneliness and comfortdiscomfort with deafness I was going to call it a coming of age novel but I think it goes beyond thatAs a hearing person I appreciated how deftly author Luczak wove bits of information about Deaf culture into the narrative using the 'show don't tell' method I especially liked how he used ASL syntax for dialogue which reads as a sort of pidgin English reminding us that the characters were signing rather than speaking Incredibly effectiveOn a few occasions I found the verb tenses a bit discordant as an editor I'm perhaps likely to notice things like that but the rest of the text felt so powerful that I was carried right past those blips This was a surprisingly lovely book and I plan to read it again in the future This book even as being a work of fiction opened up my eyes not only to a deeper understanding of deaf culture but helped me under gay culture a bit better I loved the book I cried got mad and rooted for the underdogthe end was a bit well I was a bit lost and I did kninda want to know about Frakie but I loved it none the less Great book One of the best books I've ever read The voice is so clear and vivid; it's can be a bit emotionally overwhelming in places because you feel what they feel so intensely But it's a good kind of hurt I cried than once