- Publisher: Plume
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525483500
- ISBN-13: 978-0525483502
- Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 0.3 x 0.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,478,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"One of the most beautifully composed and moving works of our time." —The Washington Post
"Compulsively readable. . . . Dr. Sacks writes beautifully and with exceptional subtlety and penetration into both the state of mind of his patients and the nature of illness generally. . . . A brilliant and humane book." —A. Alvarez, The Observer
"[Sacks] opens to the reader doors of perception generally passed through only by those at the far borders of human experience." —The Boston Globe
"A masterpiece." —W. H. Auden --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Oliver Sacks is the author of Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and many other books, for which he has received numerous awards, including the Hawthornden Prize, a Polk Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and lives in New York City, where he is a practicing neurologist. He recently accepted a new position at Columbia University. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Awakenings succeeds at being accessible to both the layperson and professional, and captivating both. There is a glossary to familiarize yourself with neurological terminology, but again the book isn't overtly prolix; rather a gripping account of neurological maladies.
Through Mr.Sack's these patients have received a certain immortality; a sense that their suffering has not been in vain, but tremendously valuable, not only to the advancement of neurology but as testament to the inherent strength and resolve in us all.
Unlike the movie, there is no love story, and the Leonard character is not a lovable hero. But the book is well written, and the medical ramifications are clearly explained for the lay-person.
I recommend this, and all of Oliver Sacks' books, highly.
1. It explains in great detail, an event that stock the world, in the summer of 1969.
2. This book has detailed decribtions of the patients with the Parkinsonism disease.
3. And, if anyone has ever seen the movie Awakenings with Robin Williams, this book is worth having because it is the REAL doctor which Robin Williams plays, that is the author to this great book!
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