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'A humane discourse on the fragility of our minds, of the bodies that give rise to them, and of the world they create for us.' Daily Telegraph

Oliver Sacks' compassionate tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we understand our own minds. In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians and everyday people - those struck by affliction, unusual talent and even, in one case, by lightning - to show not only that music occupies more areas of the brain than language does, but also that it can calm and organize, torment and heal. Always wise and compellingly readable, these stories alter our conception of who we are and how we function, and show us an essential part of what it is to be human.

'Fascinating. Music, as Sacks explains, can pierce the heart directly. And this is the truth that he so brilliantly focuses upon - that music saves, consoles and nourishes us' Daily Mail

'Irresistible, astonishing and moving' Spectator

'Deeply warm and sympathetic' Guardian

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Lindsay Waite, December 8, 2013 (view all comments by Lindsay Waite)
I am always intrigued by music and how it originates in people. Musicians like Mozart seemed to have a muse feeding them notes, chord patterns, melodies, and beauty. I read this book also to see what parts of the brain are involved in the creation of music. It is interesting - filled with anecdotes on prodigies, how people with certain ailments (like Parkinson's) are helped with music, the result of brain injuries with respect to musical skills, and so forth. I'm not sure I came away with anything to answer my query other than some knowledge of the parts of the brain involved, but nevertheless it's a book that was worthy of my time.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780330523592
Author:
Sacks, Oliver
Publisher:
Picador USA
Author:
Sacks, Oliver W.
Subject:
Psychology : General
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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