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  • By Gabe Granoff
    Jul 12, 2009
    "The Voice of Man" I've actually been to the Isle of Man (it's an offshore banking center for continental Europe), and I didn't know anybody there still spoke Manx! Now I know why. According to Merrill, English became the language of business, prosperity, and modern life (I was there on business myself), and the old tongue and the old ways came to be looked down upon. Islanders stopped speaking their native language, stopped teaching it to their children, and even pretended they didn't know it themselves. But a handful of locals have recently devoted themselves to preserving Manx, and Nick Merrill, an American high school student (the Islanders keep thinking he's Canadian) arrives for the summer and joins their effort to save Manx from extinction. The Voice of Man is Merrill's informative, humorous, and touching account of his summer on a tiny island with a parliament that was founded by the Vikings. When he returns to Los Angeles for his senior year of high school, he... More > brings the Manx language home with him - perhaps the first person ever to carry it beyond the rocky shores of the Isle of Man where it nearly fell into extinction.< Less
  • By Tony Holland
    Jun 21, 2009
    "The Voice of Man" A Los Angeles high school student wins a fellowship to document a nearly extinct language. He travels halfway around the world to a tiny island, immerses himself in an ancient culture with an ancient tongue, and comes away with insights that apply as much to himself and all of us as to the Manx people. The Voice of Man is both a work of scholarship and the deeply affecting narrative of an American teenager's journey to the heart of a culture as old as the abandoned castles and towers he explores on the island, and as lively and surprising as his interviews with the fifty-four people left on earth who speak the Manx language. An arresting and deeply rewarding book.
  • By Gwen Olson
    May 4, 2009
    "The Voice of Man" I am 37 years old and have travelled a great deal. Although Nick Merrill's motivation was the study and salvation of a nearly extinct language, his unique perceptions of culture, people, and history were inspiring. In my future travels, I'll never look at diffent cultures and peoples without seeing their relationship to one another, and to the past and future. Well written, nicely illustrated, even a beautiful cover.
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Product Details

First Edition
Nick Merrill
April 29, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.54 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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