- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Picador; Television tie-in edition edition (25 Oct. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330350811
- ISBN-13: 978-0330350815
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Island of the Colour-blind Hardcover – 25 Oct 1996
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Having just finished the book today, I am aware of a sadness within me, a sadness that my journey to the South Pacific with Dr. Sacks has ended. I return to my clinic tomorrow morning to see patients, but my heart for some days to come will be on Pingelap, or Guam, or.......
the patients and recounting the research.
In assessing the symptoms and the environments, Sacks also conveys a sensitive rendering of the islands' histories and current situations. Whalers, missionaries and the U.S. Navy have brought plagues, displaced the inhabitants and ignored their impacts. Indigenous populations have been decimated by diseases introduced by Europeans and North Americans. It's an old, wearying story, but it must be told with honesty and perception.
Sacks does just that, with deep human feeling that makes this book captivating reading. There's few things as frightening as a latent illness that seems to strike at whim.Read more ›
Oliver Sacks writes: "I went to Micronesia as a neurologist, or neutoanthropologist, intent on seeing how individuals and communities responded to unusual endemic conditions - a hereditary total colorblindness on Pingelap and Pohnpei; a progressive fatal neurodegenerative disorder on Guam and Rota. But I also found myself riveted by the cultural life and history of these islands, their unique flora and fauna, their singular geologic origins. If seeing patients, visiting archeological sites, wandering in rain forests, snorkelling in the reefs, at first seemed to bear no relation to each other, they then fused into a single unpartitioneable experience, a total immersion in island life."
And that is where Oliver Sacks takes you, from Fuur, in Jutland to Berkeley in California to Martha's Vineyard to Micronesia and along the way he serves up a fine helping of his childhood and an exquisite selection of botanical pen and ink drawings.
What I have liked about reading an Oliver Sacks book is that he will offer you a variegated read with a thick and juicy notes section. He writes about all manner of things; sunsets and airplane flights; friends with maskun and scotopic times; coconut crabs and cycad ferns; all in a colorful and articulate language. Oliver Sacks is one scientist who has not lost his awe, wonder and keen observational skills.
I learnt as much about ferns growing in a garden during his London childhood as the ferns that flourished and supported whole dynasties of dinosaurs and modern island communities; about his literary heroes, his dreams and his schoolmates' appetites for botany and biology.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fascinating, couldn't put it down. Sacks provides so much insight in so few pages.Published 5 months ago by R Tooley
This was a really fun book to read. It was a mixture of Pacific Rim anthropology, history, medicine and botany. I had met Dr. Read morePublished on 13 May 1999
Oliver Sacks takes all those with an interest in science on a journey to the Island of The Colorblind. Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 1999
Throughout his collected works Sacks dispenses his accumulated wit and wisdom with uncommon respect for his case studies. Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 1998
Sacks' subjects are always fascinating, but the writing sometimes is quirky or overly technical. I found this book a delight. Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 1998
A little bit scientific mystery, a little bit traveloge, alittle bit autobiographical and a little bit of anthropology make this book a truly delightful read.Published on 23 Aug. 1998
A joy it is to see Dr. Sacks' joy at all he cares about--nature, history, philosophy, plants and people. Read morePublished on 21 April 1998