Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World

Train Go Sorry Inside a Deaf World This portrait of New York s Lafayette School for the Deaf is not just a work of journalism It is also a memoir since Leah Hager Cohen grew up on the school s campus and her father is its superintende

  • Title: Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World
  • Author: Leah Hager Cohen
  • ISBN: 9780679761655
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback
  • This portrait of New York s Lafayette School for the Deaf is not just a work of journalism It is also a memoir, since Leah Hager Cohen grew up on the school s campus and her father is its superintendent As a hearing person raised among the deaf, Cohen appreciates both the intimate textures of that silent world and the gulf that separates it from our own.

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      Leah Hager Cohen has written four non fiction books, including Train Go Sorry and Glass, Paper, Beans, and four novels, including House Lights and The Grief of Others.She serves as the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, and teaches in the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review.

    468 thoughts on “Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World

    • This subtitle is slightly misleading; it's mostly the story of students at a school for the deaf in New York City. It manages to do an excellent job of discussing various conflicting factions and attitudes that swirl around education of the deaf without taking sides or demonizing any one group. Due to a a childhood friend who was deaf, I have a long-standing personal interest in deaf issues, and this book really helped me locate her in the context of what was going on politically at the time (a [...]


    • Although this is old hat to me, the arguments in this book rang true all through my life. This is about the Lexington School For The Deaf in New York City and how it had to change with the years and needs of incoming deaf students. The war between ASL and the oral method is well documented in this book. In the present day, deaf students are coming from sub cultures and immigrants from the middle east and Russia. Mainstreaming is now the new oral method.There is also the debate on the Cochlear im [...]


    • I had this book on my shelf for several years before finally getting around to reading it. For me, it is such a joy when an author can make a non-fiction book compelling enough to me that I read all the way through it, just as engrossed as if it were a novel. This book definitely fit that description. The story of the Lexington School, the students and staff, is really fascinating. As much as a person disconnected from the deaf community can, I feel that I gained some understanding of the trials [...]


    • This book consists of the memoirs of the author in relation to Lexington School for the Deaf, New York, whilst also following various students through their time at the school. I completely agree with Unwisely’s comment that the third-person omniscient narrative made the book confusing and feel like a novel.Having read a few Books on Deaf Culture and the d/Deaf lived experience I found the format of this book refreshing. In terms of themes, however, I didn’t feel it made new ground, merely t [...]


    • This booknd of annoyed me. Leah Hager Cohen is a decent writer, but she doesn't have a strong story to tell here. Or she does--at least, I believe there's several good stories to tell--but she doesn't actually do that to my satisfaction.This subtitle of this book is "Inside a Deaf World." Wrong. The author is hearing herself, which may not have presented too much of a problem if she had had more focus, but to me the book came off as very "me me me me me." We hear about how badly Cohen wanted/wan [...]


    • Rating 4.5. These days, one of the reasons I read is to learn. I hope that whether the book is fiction or non-fiction it will give me insight into something I'm ignorant of. This book definitely delivered. Using a school in New York, which the author has a connection to, and the faces of staff, students, and her own education within the deaf community, Leah Cohen helped educate me about the challenges, education, medical aids, politics, and triumphs of the deaf. This book was always interesting, [...]


    • The story of a hearing gal who's father (also hearing) is head master of the Lexington School for the Deaf. His own father was deaf and so the Cohen family is in a unique position as Deaf Culture blossoms in the 60s. For so long deaf people were forced to learn how to talk and read lips, hearing aids were forced on them whether or not the person actually had enough hearing to amplify. ASL was thought to be too primitive a language to be useful. All that changes though and this story traces a lot [...]


    • Oh man! I finished this book and forgot to journal on it. That's really frustrating, especially since only one of the things I wanted to say made it into notes. (The only one that did was "Saw there was a story on NPR this morning about Cochlear Implants Redefine What It Means To Be Deaf. npr/2012/04/08/1502458)Being the daughter of a severely hearing impaired woman, and a woman who has hearing issues herself, I was very interested in reading this book. the historical bits were what grabbed me t [...]


    • This book is an excellent book for hearing people wanting to learn more about Deaf culture. Unlike other books on Deaf culture, this book is written by a hearing woman with hearing parents. However, she is intimately involved with Deaf people and their culture as a grandchild of a Deaf couple, an friend of many Deaf people, a past and present interpreter, and a past hearing resident of Lexington School for the Deaf. The book can be read chronologically and all at once, or chapter by chapter, int [...]


    • A thoughtful and periodically very moving book exploring the students of an all-deaf high school in New York, written by the (hearing) granddaughter of one of its founding students and daughter of the current principal. I was very interested for awhile in deaf politics, with a deaf grandmother and other deaf relatives, so I found both the personal stories and the broader cultural overview interesting. Cohen explores the issues around oralism versus signed communication, relations with the hearin [...]


    • Highly recommended for anyone who has an interest in nonfiction, Deaf culture, or cultures in general. Train Go Sorry was a requirement for my ASL I class, and while I never would've picked it up on my own, I really enjoyed reading it.


    • This was an interesting book to read, in part because of its datedness. However, I lost some respect for the author when she describes how she took a job as an interpreter even though she had no formal education and not enough real life experience. The program accepted those with no training, but she says she was an "adequate signer most of the time." For someone who respects the deaf community, does she really think that was acceptable? She says she needed a job, but according to her , she grad [...]


    • i can definitely see why this book is mandatory reading for intro to asl at my college, and i'm glad I chose to read it before the class began. this is one of the first books ive read that has touched on the friction of advocating for communities you will never be apart of and learning to live with the discomfort. i loved the in depth look into some peoples stories. they left me with a feeling of warmth, and there is nothing more touching than reading about intersectional experiences. sofia's gr [...]


    • A fantastic exploration of Deaf culture and the nuances of the contentious issues the community grapples with. Cohen writes with insight and sensitivity, and her prose made the students' stories as engrossing as any novel. I particularly appreciated the diverse perspectives she presented regarding the appropriate role for hearing people in predominantly Deaf spaces.


    • Great insight into Deaf culture. This book was required reading for my ASL class but anyone who has any interest in Deaf culture should read it. It's a well written memoir about a woman raised in a deaf school in New York.


    • This book is partly about the author's family life, partly about the history of ASL, & most especially interesting, how deaf people look at themselves & their culture. It brought up some ideas I have never thought about before.


    • Lovely book, well written. Timeline jumping around confused me a little but I figured it out and enjoyed this peak into Lexington and the lives of its students.


    • Content was interesting. It gives you a glimpse into a community you would not ordinarily get to see. But the writing was a little dry and dull.



    • I chose this book for my Road Less Traveled project because it is informative and opinionated. Leah Hager Cohen grew up in a deaf world, though she and her family were hearing. That is similar to my growing up partially in a deaf community, CODA (Child of Deaf Adult) is what my offical title would be. This book offers great insight into the life and struggles of the teen-aged deaf attending Lexington High School. She followed the stories of James and Sofia as well as her own life story. She tell [...]


    • I really like Cohen's writing style, even though the narrative was totally disjointed. I don't know that she went "inside a deaf world" so much as provided vignettes of a particular deaf place. They were beautiful vignettes though; I was also very interested in her musings on being a hearing person in Deaf places. Her father had gained respect and acceptance despite being hearing by being a native signer with Deaf parents, while she was both hearing and a non-native signer which put her even fur [...]


    • I chose "Train Go Sorry" by Leah Hager Cohen, because I thought the perspective was interesting and made the book unique. "Train Go Sorry" is about the author's life in lexington school for the deaf, however the author is not deaf. Leah Cohen's parents are the administrators and live above the school. Through out the story we hear about the other deaf children with every new chapter. The book truly lives up to its title, I feel fully immersed and actually "inside a deaf world".Like I mentioned b [...]


    • Train So Sorry: Inside a Deaf World is a great book which provides incredible insight on being deaf and the deaf community. As a hearing person, Leah Hager Cohen is in an unique position to write this book as the grand-daughter of a deaf couple, daughter of the principal and later superintendant of a deaf school, and having grown up living in the deaf school's residence hall. The most significant part of this book is Cohen's presentation of the political issues in the deaf community, the underst [...]


    • As someone with a deaf family member, this book was very interesting. My niece is lucky enough to grow up in a time when she has so many options available to her as a deaf child. As a hearing person within a deaf community, the author occasionally struggles to combine her two worlds. This book clearly outlines the controversy within the deaf community, of learning ASL to mainstreaming to cochlear implants. I really enjoyed being able to get an insider's look at my niece's world, and to be able t [...]


    • I would have liked to give this book a higher star rating but this book left to many unanswered questions for me. The book did nake clear about how people felt about ASL and mainstreming. It did give a good history of the School, but I would have liked to know what happened to James, Sofia, and Iria. James gradutates, Sofia gets her bar mitzvah, boom the end, couldn't the author put a note or something at the end of the book saying how they did after the book. Even the author leaves you hanging, [...]


    • This book is based on struggling between Deaf and hearing students, staff, and administrators, ASL/Manual Coded English and oralism, institutions and mainstreaming schools, and Deaf culture and hearing family culture. It takes place in New York City - the Lexington School for the Deaf in Queens. It spans between 1970's and 1990's to see how much changes take place in characters' life and school. It is good introduction for anyone who wants to take a glimpse of what issues are going on in Deaf co [...]


    • It's hard to read a book that is so particular to something you're familiar with (in this case, deaf culture), and know how the average layperson would actually respond to it. I didn't think this book was particularly thrilling but I did think that it accurately portrayed the missed connections between the deaf and hearing worlds. Most people don't realize just how much being deaf can affect a person - it does not just come down to not being able to hear. I would love to recommend this book to a [...]


    • This book documents the Deaf community in transition in the early 90's. DPN sent shock waves around the world and through social justice movements. The passage of ADA required more resources to be provided to deaf services. ASL gained institutional recognition as a full language. And the intersectional concerns of Jewish immigrant Sofia and African-American James as they graduate high school in this moment are appropriately noted. This article follows up with some of the people and places in the [...]


    • I liked the book, but constantly switching the focus to different character made it hard to really get into. Overall, I think the book did a good job portraying deaf culture and the difficulty deaf people face. I also really liked the portrayal of hearing people. In a lot of the literature I've read about deaf cultural/people the hearing people come off looking like either just awful people or well-meaning but ignorant idiots. I think this book did a good job of showing both the hearing and deaf [...]


    • A great look into the more recent history of deaf culture, centering around the Lexington School for the Deaf in New York. The author, a GODA (grandchild of deaf adults), collected stories from her own life, as well as several of Lexington's students. Through her above average knowledge of the deaf community she is able to infiltrate the culture and act as a literary interpreter for the hearing audience. The stories she gathered are astounding, and act as a reminder of the missed connections, so [...]


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