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“I thought I knew about the Peace Corps until I read Josh Swiller’s hilarious, troubling, and at times frightening recreation of his time in Zambia. His wit spares no one—least of all himself—and his generosity of spirit encompasses nearly everyone. His experiences in Africa transformed him, and this book will transform readers.”—Laurence Bergreen, author of Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
“Josh Swiller was 22 and profoundly deaf when he applied to the Peace Corps in search of adventure. And indeed, adventure he found. His experiences in Zambia are eloquently recounted in his hard-to-put-down memoir of deafness and Africa, “The Unheard””—The New York Times, Health section
"Several ingredients are crucial in a memoir like this: humor, the ability to see enough details to make the scene come alive and a dispassionate compassion. Swiller has them all."—Los Angeles Times
"[Swiller's] appealing, intelligent narrative serves both as a coming of age story and as a penetrating light into one corner of a tormented continent."—Washington Post
“Josh Swiller rewrites the familiar African narrative with a purity that makes the tragic beauty of that devastated continent a stunning novelty for readers. We experience the rich, tangible passions of love, honor and revenge in Africa, amplified a thousandfold in the quiet world of the deaf.”—New York Observer
I had a great time reading it and am not going to deconstruct that here on this page.
Empathetic, vivid and gripping, Josh Swiller's "The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa" is the rare book that is both thought-provoking and a great read.
From the night I started reading The Unheard until the next night when I finished it, I could barely put the book down.
I'm actually still reading this book but I had the pleasure of meeting the author and can sort of relate since I am a sibling of a deaf adult and have been a professional in cued... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Juli
Josh Swiller tells the story of being deaf in a country of warfare, disease, corrupted government and a loving but very different community. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah B Segal
This story provided an understanding of the Deaf school in Africa, the African view of deafness, and the African view of Americans.Published 3 months ago by Jessica Kales
As a Deaf person and nomadic traveler to more than 60 countries, I can relate to this book. Josh's an amazing person and character to follow. Enjoy!Published 4 months ago by Darren Frazier
A true story of a young man's adventures while with the Peace Corps in Africa coupled with his account of growing up virtually deaf in the US.Published 7 months ago by Art Pearce
First, let me say, this is a good book. Josh is a fine writer and a good, even excellent, storyteller. I read it quickly and eagerly, finishing it up on a flight back from Nambia. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bill Gallagher
delivered on time and in good shape! I would recommend the product and carrier to everyone I know. yes, yes.Published 9 months ago by Maureen Look
I recently heard the author interviewed and found his description of deafness to be one of the first times I had experienced an accurate articulation of my experience, I had to get... Read morePublished 13 months ago by ghermine
This unexpectedly beautiful book is the story of the two years that the author - a partially deaf young man - spent in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. Read morePublished 14 months ago by rokeisland