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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit mixed..., 11 Jan. 2011
This review is from: The Mind's Eye (Hardcover)
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This is the first Oliver Sacks book that I've read, and I got it because I'm fascinated by how the mind works and this seemed to promise all kinds of treasures. In fact, I found it to be a bit of a mixed bag. Presented as a series of case studies about people who had experienced visual disturbances, it makes for interesting but disjointed reading. There's a lot of scientific and technical detail, which is good because I like to understand these things, but it does make the reading heavier.

It is worth the effort though, for between these pages are personal stories that really do call into question everything we think we know about vision and the brain. The most intriguing aspect for me, though, was the fact that Sacks himself developed a tumour that affected his vision, which seems the most stunning coincidence. Sacks has a really difficult time and his journey through treatment and adjustment was hard to read. I was distracted by my distress for him: whereas the other case studies had been a bit more clinical, this was much more emotional.

Overall, an engrossing book which raised a lot of questions and provided a lot of answers. But not all of them...
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