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The River of Consciousness Hardcover – 9 Mar 2017

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market edition (19 Oct. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447263642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447263647
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reading a book published after its authors death, especially if he is as prodigiously alive on every page as Oliver Sacks, as curious, avid and thrillingly fluent, brings both the joy of hearing from him again, and the regret of knowing it will likely be the last time . . . [The] combination of wonder, passion and gratitude never seemed to flag in Sacks’s life; everything he wrote was lit with it. But it was his openness to new ideas and experiences, and his vision of change as the most human of biological processes that synthesized all of his work (Nicole Krauss The New York Times Book Review)

Millions of Sacks’s books have been printed around the world, and he once spoke of receiving 200 letters a week from admirers. For those thousands of correspondents, The River of Consciousness will feel like a reprieve – we get to spend time again with Sacks the botanist, the historian of science, the marine biologist and, of course, the neurologist (Guardian)

An incisive and generous inquiry into human nature (Elle)

[Sacks’s] accumulated wisdom of our experience of time and consciousness makes a marvellous discrete series of meditations – and a profoundly moving one, since several of these pieces were written with the knowledge that his experience of both mysteries was soon coming to an end (Tim Adams Observer)

Compelling . . . Sacks invites readers into his mind where they can experience the world from his unusually insightful perspective (Science News Magazine)

A fascinating book (Daily Telegraph)

Sacks continues in this latest collection to focus on questions over answers; the result is a work that leaves plenty of room for possibility beyond what might be immediately observed . . . Intellectually, Sacks is, at heart, a philosopher (New York Magazine)

A writer of eloquence, he was always ready to see his medical specialist in reaction to the world and humanity . . . His greatest reverence is for the human mind (The Tablet)

True to its title, the book is dictated by a flood of mental energy, thus it is more than mere sentimentality to say that, more than two years after his death, Sacks’s spirit still courses through us. Long may it flow (The Globe and Mail)

Reveals Sacks as a gleeful polymath and an inveterate seeker of meaning in the mold of Darwin and his other scientific heroes Sigmund Freud and William James . . . As this volume reminds us, in losing Sacks we lost a gifted and generous storyteller (Wall Street Journal)

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The River of Consciousness is a remarkable culmination of a lifetime's research into the way the brain works by the celebrated late neurologist Oliver Sacks.

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