"My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much, and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure." (Oliver Sacks)
No writer has succeeded in capturing the medical and human drama of illness as honestly and as eloquently as Oliver Sacks.
During the last few months of his life, he wrote a set of essays in which he movingly explored his feelings about completing a life and coming to terms with his own death.
"It is the fate of every human being," Sacks wrote, "to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death."
Together, these four essays form an ode to the uniqueness of each human being and to gratitude for the gift of life.
©2015 Oliver Sacks (P)2015 Random House Audio
"Oliver Sacks was like no other clinician, or writer. He was drawn to the homes of the sick, the institutions of the most frail and disabled, the company of the unusual and the 'abnormal'. He wanted to see humanity in its many variants and to do so in his own, almost anachronistic way - face to face, over time, away from our burgeoning apparatus of computers and algorithms. And, through his writing, he showed us what he saw." (Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal)
I'm a huge Oliver Sacks fan and so ordered this without really reading the description. It is great if you unfamiliar with him and new to his works, but I found this extremely brief, and consisting entirely of repeats of things i had read by him elsewhere.
Mr. Dan Woren, as narrator, wonderfully captured the feeling behind Oliver Sacks' words. I very rarely read nonfiction, yet I was drawn to Mr. Sacks and things I had heard about him over the years. This narrative did not ramble on...it very succinctly put into sharp focus the ending chapter of Mr. Sacks' life...as I hope to understand my own last chapter...and to convey it to those I know and love, as simply and heartfelt, as he did. I enjoyed this and can see myself coming back to re-listen, just for the pure pleasure of doing so and further thought.
I had expected to hear the article sent to the NY TIMES in addition to some final thoughts. But the article is not part of this audio.
I picked up this because I've really been focusing on my own playfulness and how it relates to my improved happiness and decrease stress. It's a great quick book that has helped me realize my
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