Yes. It was interesting and moving and well narrated. Made me laugh out loud espite its seriousness.
Musicophelia, Awakenings, similar subject matter and same author.
The man who mistook his wife for a hat
Update of the book.
I wish I would have realized how long ago this book was written.
Great author and narrator
All of them
It made me smile and chuckle. Made me appreciate life
If you are reading this review it is because you are interested in the topic. It wont disappoint. The mind is amazing and these stories are as well.
The lady who had been "babied" her whole life that she didn't even know she could do things like feed herself.
The lady mentioned above.
The stories of these people are so interesting, you will be discussing them with your friends.
Even though this book is dated, actually BECAUSE this book is dated it becomes even more interesting! Really worth the read if you are interested in the way our brain's work!
Interesting case studies are presented, but I would have preferred to hear a little more in depth input on the theories of what caused these abnormalities and what malfunctioned in the brain. The collection of stories and cases studies seemed to be rather disconnected to one another. It might have been a better read had they focused on only one aspect of brain malfunction and dove deeper into the symptoms and cause.
This is a book about bizarre neurological conditions. Although many of the cases involve tragically crippled individuals, this is anything but a morbid catalogue of illnesses. Neither is it a dry scientific tract. Every story is suffused with a great respect for the human potential, and with a sense of wonder at the unimaginable complexity of the brain and the mind. Reading this book, you appreciate how little understood, how mysterious the functioning of the mind still remains after decades of research. You feel an almost spiritual awe while reading this book. It's a great antidote to the depressingly mechanistic, "love is hormone a plus hormone b" view of human nature. Oliver Sacks also emphasizes the importance of art (especially music) to the human mind and to the recovery of many of his patients. (The topic of music from the point of view of neuroscience is specifically explored in Oliver Sacks's book "Musicophilia," which I also can't recommend enough!) This book is fascinating, enlightening, and in its own way, inspiring. It's also written in an engaging, accessible, poetic, and profoundly sympathetic manner. In the book, the author mentions a need for "romantic science," and that phrase is probably the best description for it. I dare anyone who claims that human behavior is governed by well understood mechanical processes to read Oliver Sacks and not feel their opinion challenged.
Still my favourite book after many years since I read it the first time. The stories range from funny to tragic to amazing and heart warming and you will be left wanting more when you finish.
The narration is executed very well also. The narrator manages to give each character a unique and fitting voice that adds to the experience.
Such an enjoyable and often moving book about patients dealing with neurological impairment. It makes you consciously aware of how hard their lives might be. In some cases, how beautiful it must also be to have their minds.