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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gypsysmom - LibraryThing
I almost wish I had a rare brain disorder so I could get to meet Dr. Sacks. He is a fascinating person on paper but I suspect face to face he would be unforgettable. He describes himself as shy and ... Read full review
Review: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the BrainUser Review - Lysander Schleh - Goodreads
This is a great read for anyone interested in the modularity of the mind. The chapters tend to be anecdotal, but they do provide some really nice insights. As this book is largely concerned with the inaccessibility of most aspects of the mind, it's an effective approach. Read full review