The Silent History

The Silent History A generation of children are born without speech without comprehension without language entirely At first they are just medical curiosities But their numbers swell and soon they grow into an estab

  • Title: The Silent History
  • Author: Eli Horowitz Matthew Derby Kevin Moffett
  • ISBN: 9780224099462
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A generation of children are born without speech, without comprehension, without language entirely.At first, they are just medical curiosities But their numbers swell, and soon they grow into an established underclass, occupying squats and communes around the world To some they are seen as a threat to others, as a salvation Some suspect they may have other abilities beA generation of children are born without speech, without comprehension, without language entirely.At first, they are just medical curiosities But their numbers swell, and soon they grow into an established underclass, occupying squats and communes around the world To some they are seen as a threat to others, as a salvation Some suspect they may have other abilities beyond our understanding.The children cannot tell you their story Instead we rely on The Silent History, a collection of testimonies from those touched by the phenomenon Parents, doctors, opportunist inventors, cult leaders, and vigilantes, recall what they have endured and what they have inflicted on others They will take you from a recognisable present to a real and unsettling future You will not want to look away.

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      Eli Horowitz Matthew Derby Kevin Moffett

    About Author

    1. Eli Horowitz is the co creator of The Silent History, a digital novel The Clock Without a Face, a treasure hunt mystery and Everything You Know Is Pong, an illustrated cultural history of table tennis He was the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney s his design work has been honored by I.D Print and the American Institute of Graphic Arts Previously, he wrote science trivia questions based on popular films of the 1990s and was briefly employed as an apprentice carpenter He was born in Virginia and now lives in Northern California.

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    1. The Silent History is by one of the former heads of McSweeney s, co written with some other brilliant folks, and when I heard about it back in 2012 it was a novel by way of app, or a traveling interactive book experience, or some kind of very ambitious techy hybrid storyform that I only vaguely understood and did not have the device proficiency to access Although, being a person who knows people, I did get to read a few page advance teaser, which made me nearly weep because I knew I would never [...]


    2. A selection of my post apocalyptic book club The Silent History was apparently initially published as an online, interactive serial Perhaps the transition to novel format did not serve it well but I had a few issues with the book The idea itself is interesting children start being born who, while not mentally deficient in other respects, lack the capacity for language The storytelling device is borrowed from World War Z a documentarian is supposedly interviewing a number of different characters [...]


    3. I really should stop reading books that have anything to do with Linguistics Or disability Or, God help me, both.Really.This book had entertaining parts It was written fairly well, and I read through it quickly, but it had some cardinal, essential problems inherent in its premise both philosophically and structurally that I had a lot of trouble dealing with.For one, speaking as a Linguist, while the idea of children born without the ability to comprehend or produce language is actually really en [...]


    4. The Silent History uses technology in an innovative way to enrich the reading experience It is not the traditional book or Ebook, but an app.After installation, you receive an introductory video and background information on the project Then, almost daily, installments arrive which are easily read in 10 15 minutes While there are times I have wanted to read and had to wait, it reminds me of the way serial literature came out in the 17th Century when it was too expensive to print an entire book [...]


    5. Review also available on my blog.I was provided an ARC by the publisher via netgalley.It took me three weeks to get through the first half of this book The story is told in such a slow manner that it hardly could keep my attention To be fair, the story of the epidemic silence taking over humanity was actually designed for a different medium altogether It has previously been released as an iPhone app and the testimonials and field reports were alternately given out over a certain course of time T [...]


    6. A fascinating novel about what happens when a wave of people are born without the capacity for language Probably a dozen characters take turns narrating the book was originally an app The book has a weirdness factor, and a lot of that is in the personalities of several characters Some characters also seemed to be stereotypes, but they evolved and were still interesting Neither of those factors regarding several characters was enough to seriously detract from the book I loved the concept of the n [...]


    7. this book is genius i read it via the app, doled out in loving little portions and making me wait an ungodly amount of time between volumes it was excruciating and genius and, yes, actually worked I imagine in a book it works too, but the format I originally read it in is forever linked to this story for me, and I cannot wait for read the book but next time do it the purer way.oh I guess I didn t say anything about the story itself here it is exactly what you would expect from its pedigree, and [...]


    8. I m not entirely sure how I feel about this one I read it as a book, not as it was originally published in app form because screw you if you didn t have an iPhone two years ago , so I m not sure how that impacts my reading in long chunks vs the intended ten to fifteen minute blocks There s just a huge variance in tone there s little background details of advances in culture and society that are extremely well thought out, nutrients loafs and music services and discounted car rentals for being im [...]


    9. I read the book, not the app What primarily got me interested was the prospect of the silent children With the prevalence of autism and other developmental disabilities in today s society and as the father of a child with ASD I latched on to this compelling story One of the narrators of the tale does point out quickly that the epidemic is not autism, but man, it might well be symbolic as such You can also see the scenario as a symbol of our next generation who electronically text and email and c [...]


    10. The premise seemed really good, I enjoyed about the first 200 pages, and after that I was reading and slowly, and finding other things to do instead of reading it, and I realized I no longer cared how it ended, so I didn t finish it.


    11. This book has much to say about language, consciousness, disability, neurodiversity, and mass hysteria, but it is also a page turner that kept shifting in unexpected directions until the last pages.One of the authors, Matthew Derby, came to present our literary organization in Nanuet, NY, and spoke movingly about his sister Margaret, a multiply disabled child who could not speak and who died in early adulthood He also talked about the development of The Silent History as an iPhone app before it [...]


    12. Wow A mind blowing, thought provoking and frightening look at our attitudes towards otherness and language.I absolutely loved this book.At over 500 pages this is not a quick read, but it is the kind of book that unfurls and flowers the deeper you go into it It was a very rewarding read, I really felt I was getting back what I put into it At times it was incredibly bizarre Wallaby the Wallaby springs to mind but mostly it was just beautiful I was even driven to highlight passages as I went, somet [...]


    13. Although this book is about the near future, it really starts right about now The medical community is beginning to discover a small group of children who lack language skills Totally Not only are they unable to talk they also appear not to be able to understand language at all Although the rest of their brains appear to function normally, all the language sections are dead zones They are totally silent.The novel which originally came out in small bits that readers could access as an app is comp [...]


    14. I really enjoyed this In one way, it reminded me of classic science fiction, the kind that started with a single premise what if In this case, what if a section of the population was suddenly born without the capacity to formulate or comprehend language How would people react How would we communicate How would they function in society Would they be feared Revered Marginalized The answer is yes to all On other levels, this was a genuinely modern novel, set over a 30 year span from 2011 to 2041, a [...]


    15. I started out enjoying this book than I did so at the end A virus sweeps the human population and robs them of the concept of speech they can no longer understand words spoken to them or read nor produce speech, nor have thoughts based in language A generation or two of children who are born with the virus never have the ability to acquire any form of language concepts So the idea is interesting However, I found that the super short chapters from multiple narrators difficult to keep straight, b [...]


    16. The idea of this book was intriguing people born without any ability to communicate whatsoever I thought it would make a really interesting read Not so I was so disappointed in this book All throughout, I kept waiting for something good to start happening Some chapters had lots of bad swearing I basically just found the book boring and kind of depressing I kept hoping it would end once I realized that I wasn t going to find the interesting story I was looking for I try to finish the books I star [...]


    17. DISCLOSURE I was an advance contributor to this project, and I just love it Runs along the same lines, both in structure and tone, as Brooks s WORLD WAR Z I got to see drafts of the first decade when I was working in my contribution, but reading them again via the app is an even better experience Gives me hope for where digital books are going Really looking forward to second decade which starts publishing Monday.


    18. What happened This book started out as genius and then fell on its literary face The collapse started a little before a kangaroo became a focal character and continued all the way to just before the last 3 pages, which were acceptable, not horrible I give it three stars with the hope that one day, someone picks up the first third of this book and rewrites it to carry on the genius.


    19. I ve stopped reading installments the structure is interesting but the narrative characters just aren t engaging enough, and the premise s feel cliched poorly thought out.


    20. NOTE I read this as the paperback book, not as an app, which probably affected the experience Reviewing this book is going to be quite a task There was some that was good here, a lot that was bad or uncomfortable, and a ton that was neutral Let me start by caveating that I know this book started as an app, so I understand there might be some nuance and experience lost in translation, which might contribute some to my issues I ll start with some negatives The first problem is that while the conce [...]


    21. Dentro de La Historia Silenciosa editado en nuestro pa s de la mano de Seix Barral conviven varios libros, libros convergentes m s que divergentes, libros que circulan en paralelo unos respecto a los otros pero que eligen un momento muy diferente para brillar en solitario sin necesidad de pisar a los dem s Pueden buscarse los rastros de esta multi cefalia narrativa en el hecho de que esta sea una novela escrita a tres voces, las de Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby y Kevin Moffett y, de hecho, lo m s [...]


    22. Fascinating thought experiment about how language shapes us, how we think, how we relate to one another, how we understand ourselves and our world As a student of languages, language acquisition and linguistics, the topic alone is enough to give me goosebumps of happiness The book also has an unusual format, great writing and truly unique characters Add to that some truly compelling ethical questions and you have a winning combination Chapters are extremely short, each written from the point of [...]


    23. To say this book was one of the most original, interesting ideas I ve ever come across would do it a disservice It is one of those stories that will stick with you long after you ve finished it, haunting your every thought I found this book accidentally in a wayward bookstore in Hong Kong, and I m so glad I didn t leave it behind.


    24. Once again I m in the minority with my scoring of my enjoyment of a book THat s ok but even discovering that The Silent History began as an app, doled out in chapters didn t make it work any better for me, although I did read it in small portions accidentally because I couldn t get into it How three intelligent guys can get together and work on what was a great idea and should have been an exciting and enthralling storyline managed to produce a book that is so hard to follow and nonsensical is q [...]


    25. 9 10 The Silent History was eventually an app and is now a book Buy whichever format is most convenient for you the mostly unexploited digital nature of the text is probably the least interesting thing about it But do buy it or beg, borrow and steal because this is a dynamic, interesting, and sometimes beautiful science fiction story.The basic premise is that twenty minutes into the future, children start being born with no cognitive capacity to learn or understand language This has all of the p [...]


    26. Full review is posted on my blog nutfreenerd 2015 03 16 boo This book was really good up until the ending I loved the way it was written from numerous different perspectives and how the characters all came to be connected in ways I never would have predicted The entire idea of the silents was fascinating, but I do wish that it gave than a mere glimmer of society as a whole rather than focusing on the stories of a few individuals I felt like the story provided the reader with a very narrow view [...]


    27. This book has great style and a compelling story It s style or conceit it similar to one of my other favourite books, World War Z Individuals reflect on the events of the past starting in our present and moving to the not too distant future The story of what has happened unfolds as each character begins to tell their individual story People start to be born without any language ability In the way that World War Z is about collective fear, pandemics, environmental collapse etc The Silent History [...]


    28. In format, this resembles World War Z a collection of various personal reports about a long event organized in chronological order So kind of like watching a documentary made of personal interviews The subject is a group of children born without the ability to use language, and the culture they develop, and their interactions with the rest of humanity I have a niece who is pretty much like this, so the subject interested me, and at first I enjoyed the various viewpoints But by halfway through th [...]


    29. I picked up this book thinking it was a non fiction The summary in the back cover sounded so scientific, I thought it was an actual memoir of a real life phenomenon I was a little disappointed when I learned it was fiction, though, because the phenomena of silent children seem very, very interesting to me.The book is basically a compilation of memoirs or testimonies from parents, teachers, siblings, relatives, and friends of silents, a group of children born verbally disabled The book describes [...]


    30. Solid 4 stars.I really enjoyed this book and the way it was set out A couple warnings, though, before you decide to run off and get it because it DOES sound really interesting 1 This is NOT meant to be a fast read It s meant to be picked at, thought about, internalized.2 This is set up documentary style It s not a fiction with the standard chapter after chapter of dialogue There s very little dialogue in it, actually 3 There are a LOT of characters Each chapter is a different character s perspec [...]


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