Lucy Little, August 31, 2007 (view all comments by Lucy Little)
Oliver Sacks writes another great "medical mystery." He travels through tiny islands in the South Pacific following disorders unique to their inhabitants. This book encompass travel, cultures, medicine and botany all in one. Fascinating.
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deanna, March 20, 2007 (view all comments by deanna)
A medical mystery combined with a travelogue written only as Oliver Sacks can put into words. I couldn't put this book down--the descriptions are so specific, yet interesting.
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Vintage Books USA -
"Magical... Sacks's fans are in for a treat."
by Publishers Weekly,
"Sacks's total immersion in islands life makes this luminous, beautifully written report a wonderous voyage of discovery. As a travel writer, Sacks ranks with Paul Theroux and Bruce Chatwin. As an investigator of the mind's mysteries, he is in a class by himself."
by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times,
"Dr. Sacks's humane inquisitiveness lends a philosophical perspective to every threatening change. His scenes are stills from the moving picture of timeless evolution. And the way his subjects accept their fate redeems his story from gloom, even lending it a certain gaiety."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Sacks's fans are in for a treat: This is a magical medical mystery tour of South Sea islands that goes beyond the neurological lore to reveal the good doctor as historian, botanist, environmentalist, anthropologist, and, as always, caring human being."
by Martin Levin, The Globe and Mail,
"A grand entertainment, a trove of learning. It is [Sacks's] combination of the artist's eye and the healer's touch that makes [his] work — and the man himself — so memorable. Unfailingly tolerant, open and curious, he humanizes everything he touches.... This makes him for many — our prophet of understanding."
by Random House,
"An explorer of that most wonderous of islands, the human brain," writes D.M. Thomas in the New York Times Book Review, "Oliver Sacks also loves the oceanic kind of islands." Both kinds figure movingly in this book — part travelogue, part autobiography, part medical mystery story — in which Sacks's journeys to a tiny Pacific atoll and the island of Guam become explorations of the time, and the complexities of being human.
"An explorer of that most wondrous of islands, the human brain," writes D.M. Thomas in The New York Times Book Review, "Oliver Sacks also loves the oceanic kind of islands." Both kinds figure movingly in this book--part travelogue, part autobiography, part medical mystery story--in which Sacks's journeys to a tiny Pacific atoll and the island of Guam become explorations of the meaning of islands, the genesis of disease, the wonders of botany, the nature of deep geological time, and the complexities of being human.
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