So you don't agree with my review...? That's the grown up thing to do...tell me it's unhelpful. LOL. You people crack me up with your petty insecurities.
Interesting, eye-opening, slightly scary and pointless. I kept waiting for some solution to people’s problems or a unifying theme for his clinical portraits, but there is none. At best this is a fascinating window into how very wrong the human brain can go and sometimes still function well in other areas and even excel in some. At worst it’s a useless collection of clinical essays meant to communicate to his peers how wise, insightful and caring the author is. I’m not sure, but I do hope nothing like this ever happens to me although if it does I think I’d much rather be one of those who has lost part of herself, but never realizes it.
No, I did not realise this was a medical study
No, not my genre
I purchased this title mistakenly thinking it was a comedy
I commute about an hour each way to work and listen to audio books enroute. Sometimes I don't want to get out of my car because I'm at a really good place!
The cases that were presented were very interesting, but there weren't enough of them. There was way too much in side notes and too many adjectives to describe one noun. I got bored and drifted away several times.
The flowerly, purple prose of the author made this book, about some really interesting psychology, almost too sweet to swallow. It wasn't just in chapter beginnings, or case summation either, it was stitched into the fabric of this book and, I felt, did a complete disservice to the story he was trying to tell.
Someday I'll learn to listen to the sample recording before purchasing a book. This narrator has a tendency to weight every word with so much drama and meaning that, like overly-seasoned, rich food, I found myself longing for relief from his narration.
Other than that, the book (which I read in print for the first time in 1985) hadn't lost its power to bring the plight of the subjects into clear focus. It is a bit dated, although Sacks apparently made an attempt to update the chapters in '94. One would have to go into more recent clinical literature to see developments in the field since then, but for the layman, this book illuminates the neurology adequately, while emphasizing the humanity of the sufferers.