The Dumb House

The Dumb House

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As a child, Lukea€™s mother often tells him the story of the Dumb House, an experiment on newborn babies raised in silence, designed to test the innateness of language. As Luke grows up, his interest in language and the delicate balance of life and death leads to amateur dissections of small animals a€“ tiny hearts revealed still pumping, as life trickles away. But as an adult, following the death of his mother, Lukea€™s obsession deepens, resulting in a haunting and bizarre experiment on Lukea€™s own children.The teacher was telling us how the key to the poeta#39;s thinking lay in a single phrase, something about how dissection is murder; how, as soon as you chose to dissect a ... a€œYou cana#39;t just cut a flower or a laboratory rat open and find its essence.

Title:The Dumb House
Author: John Burnside
Publisher:Random House - 2010-12-15

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