Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
Revised and Expanded
With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls “musical misalignments.” Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds-for everything but music. Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable, Musicophilia is Oliver Sacks' latest masterpiece.
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Review: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the BrainUser Review - Oleg Kagan - Goodreads
The intersection between music and neuroscience is a ripe subject for a book, yet I felt Oliver Sachs' effort at it was uneven. Part of the reason was the sheer variety of aspects with which he ... Read full review
Review: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the BrainUser Review - Blake Charlton - Goodreads
deftly written, expertly researched, at times fascinating, but rarely compelling. i must confess here to having an enthusiastic appreciation for music, but little or no talent for or understanding of ... Read full review