Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat by Oliver Sacks

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is populated by a cast as strange as that of the most fantastic fiction. The subject of this strange and wonderful book is what happens when things go wrong with parts of the brain most of us don't know exist ...Dr Sacks shows the awesome powers of our mind and just how delicately balanced they have to be' - Sunday Times . 'Who is this book for? Who is it not for? It is for everybody who has felt from time to time that certain twinge of self-identity and sensed how easily, at any moment, one might lose it' - The Times . 'This is, in the best sense, a serious book. It is, indeed, a wonderful book, by which I mean not only that it is excellent (which it is) but also that it is full of wonder, wonders and wondering. He brings to these often unhappy people understanding, sympathy and respect. Sacks is always learning from his patients, marvelling at them, widening his own understanding and ours' - Punch .

So, this was another Audio Book I listened to (while reading Super Crunchers & O is for Outlaw!). I think it must be different to listen to it in Oliver Sacks' voice versus reading it in your own. Still, it makes for interesting subject matter ... even if he is long winded or occasionally repetitive. But I must admit sometimes I'm not sure it's all that good to know what sort of bizarre things can go wrong with Human Beings neurologically. Don't read it hoping for happy endings tho.

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1 comment:

ruthibel said...

just got intro'd to your blog. interesting

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