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.
Anne Pardington, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Anne Pardington)
I have always been fascinated by the insights of Oliver Sacks, and this book was most meaningful because I have a hearing loss and have never been able to carry a tune. I didn't follow all the info about the brain, but now I know my problem is related to the loss. I was especially delighted, again, by his writing style, and by the real life stories of people affected by music, even if they had lost the ability to speak.
Virginia LaBrie, January 26, 2011 (view all comments by Virginia LaBrie)
As a follower of Dr Sacks, all his books are fascinating! This one in particular takes the reader along on an adventure of discovery from those persons who are totally tone deaf, can't bear hearing music, struck by lightening and become composers and concert pianists to those who hear music in their brains, and are not mentally ill. It shows how the people afflicted with degenerative disorders such as Parkinsons and Alzimers can participate in the rhythm of music when hearing it and move as though these disorders were not a part of their daily lives. All in all, an eye opener which increases the appreciation of all the ways music can be different, healing and necessary for total health.
Lindas352, November 3, 2008 (view all comments by Lindas352)
Oliver Sacks possesses the literary and professional chops to examine the links between music and our brains. I've thought since chilhood that somehow the workings of the cosmos are wired like music, as if God or The Big Bang were out there orchestrating a series of relationships and waves: from light waves to sound waves to the array of unseen yet detectable waves we measure to prove the existence of far-flung galaxies or black holes. If the universe is made of harmonies working together or against each other, Sacks has made an impressive argument for the music of it all.
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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
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by Doug Brown, Powells.com,
"Despite the repetition of quotes and the overall 'theme and variations' feel to each section, Musicophilia is an intriguing book for anyone interested in music and brain function." (read the entire Powells.com review)
by The New York Times Book Review,
Readers will be grateful that Sacks . . . is happy to revel in phenomena that he cannot yet explain.
A gifted writer and a neurologist, Sacks spins one fascinating tale after another to show what happens when music and the brain mix it up.
by The New York Times,
Powerful and compassionate. . . . A book that not only contributes to our understanding of the elusive magic of music but also illuminates the strange workings, and misfirings, of the human mind.
by Los Angeles Times,
Sacks has an expert bedside manner: informed but humble, self-questioning, literary without being self-conscious.
by The Seattle Times,
Sacks once again examines the many mysteries of a fascinating subject.
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