I was sort of wavering between three and four stars for this one. It is so much better than it sounds like and wonderfully erudite, but just a tad too simplistic when it comes to the emotional thread of the story. Despite that, I couldn't help loving it. It's very aware of the freak fiction tradition it's continuing and has all the cliches of Quasimodo, the Phantom and Tod Browning's Freaks
, with the loveable additions of requited love and a happy ending. Bless.
Also, now I want to learn sign language.