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This review is from: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (Hardcover)
While I have been a fan of Oliver Sacks, I am beginning to realise that a lot of his books seem to be constructed so that they can be easily divided into magazine articles (or they at least appear that way). I have read the first few chapters of Musicophilia only so far and to be totally honest, as a musician with training in the neurosciences, I found it interesting as a subject. However, the book is not well written. It has long segments of rather egocentric introspection and navel gazing. I wish it would focus more on the case studies and have a much more consistent approach to the subject. It is convoluted in parts and much of it seems to lose it's thread and drift into talking about other things, especially at the end of chapters. While Oliver Sacks is undoubtedly an intelligent man, I think that maybe he has neglected the advice of editors and been allowed to do so because he has sold so many books in the past. I bought the book in hardback and actually regret spending so much on it.
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Initial post: 11 Apr 2008 00:39:47 BDT
Mr. Jacob Mayfield says:
As with many of Oliver Sacks books there are plenty of case studies, I suggest you continue reading the book. As for posting a review of a book prior to reading it...?
Posted on 27 Oct 2008 09:44:44 GMT
Spot on - exactly right! I was about to write my own review, but yours puts it exactly as I would have done!
Posted on 24 Dec 2011 10:30:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Dec 2011 10:30:54 GMT
Very useful review - Sacks needs to return to the writing style he used in 'The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat'. 'An Anthropologist on Mars' seems to be of the same way described in the review above.
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