Deaf Sentence by David Lodge
A Novel

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The subject of enthusiastic and widespread reviews, David Lodge's fourteenth work of fiction displays the humor and shrewd observations that have made him a much-loved icon. Deaf Sentence tells the story of Desmond Bates, a recently retired linguistics professor in his mid-sixties. Vexed by his encroaching deafness and at loose ends in his personal life, Desmond inadvertently gets involved with a seemingly personable young American female student who seeks his support in matters academic and not so academic, who finally threatens to destabilize his life completely with her unpredictable-and wayward-behavior. What emerges is a funny, moving account of one man's effort to come to terms with aging and mortality-a classic meditation on modern middle age that fans of David Lodge will love.
 

About David Lodge

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DAVID LODGE is the author of thirteen novels and a novella, including Small World and Nice Work, both of which were finalists for the Man Booker Prize. In addition, he has written numerous works of literary criticism such as The Art of Fiction and Consciousness and the Novel: Connected Essays. He lives in Birmingham, England.
 
Published August 29, 2009 by Penguin Books. 308 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Desmond hasn’t done anything wrong, really, but he’s anxious to keep Alex from becoming another issue between him and Fred, who’s already annoyed by his excessive drinking and his lack of enthusiasm for the socializing she enjoys.

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“Deafness is comic, as blindness is tragic.” So claims Desmond Bates, the retired professor of linguistics who narrates David Lodge’s 13th novel, “Deaf Sentence.” Bates certainly has the authority to make such an epigrammatic pronouncement — for the last 20 years, he has been inexorably slipping ...

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The Guardian

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To prove the point David Lodge transmutes Milton's great cry of anguish, "O dark, dark, dark without all hope of day", into "O deaf, deaf, deaf, without all hope of sound".

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Deaf Sentence by David Lodge Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Is there anything to be said in favour of deafness, wonders Desmond, th...

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The Guardian

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Deaf Sentence by David Lodge 294pp, Harvill Secker, £17.99 At first sight, Desmond Bates, the 60-something hero of Deaf Sentence, looks like an escapee from a much earlier stage of David Lodge's compendious back catalogue.

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The Guardian

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Deaf Sentence by David Lodge Harvill Secker £17.99, pp294 'Deafness is comic, as blindness is tragic,' writes David Lodge in his latest novel.

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Entertainment Weekly

Desmond Bates, the narrator of David Lodge's terrific new novel, Deaf Sentence, is a retired linguistics professor trying to cope with the indignities of late middle age — specifically, the fact that he is going deaf.

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Suite 101

Will is a loner and happy to be so but even he cannot fail to be touched and affected when weird kid, Marcus enters his life.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

And Desmond's lecture trip to Poland, which takes him on a detour to Auschwitz that would feel convenient and contrived in a lesser writer's hands, brings about an epiphany that puts Deaf Sentence well out of the simple "comedy" category.

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Deseret News

His dementia may not allow him to live in his house much longer, and tough decisions face Desmond concerning his father's care.

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London Review of Books

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Bookmarks Magazine

Although most critics were moved by the story’s development from a lighthearted comedy into a more serious exploration of aging and mortality, the New York Times Book Review faulted the book’s shift away from Alex (and the potential for comic disaster) and toward Desmond’s relationship with his d...

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Oprah.com

The title is just the first sly, sinister joke in David Lodge's Deaf Sentence (Viking), a darkly witty novel of missed signals and mixed messages.

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California Literary Review

As their relationship twists and turns serious — for Alex Loom proposes to study suicide letters, a topic Bates is attracted to because of Beethoven’s anguish and despair (he compares his situation to that revealed by the famous Heiligenstadt document) — we learn there may be, indeed have been, w...

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Flavorpill

Tonight at the London Review Bookshop, Lodge talks about his new book, Deaf Sentence, which follows an English professor dealing with early retirement, spousal envy and hearing loss.

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