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sacks sums up interesting events in his life,
and do it in a captivating way. I devoured the book almost in one sitting if it hadn't been for the annoying need to sleep. I was especially surprised by his early life as a body builder and such, after knowing him as this rather whimsical scientist I've heard occasionally on Radiolab.
I highly recommend this book, it shines light on the eventful life of this remarkable man.
the narration was excellent. the only thing to nitpick on, is that I guess a brittish narrator would have made sense as he is brittish. but not that the American narrator was bad in any way
this book have made me want to read more of his work. he is a fantastic writer and it is sad to learn that he will be leaving us soon
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Who was your favorite character and why?
This is a final memoir since Oliver Sacks discovered he is terminally ill after completing the book. In an astonishing piece in the New York Times in February 2015 Dr. Sacks essentially bids farewell and says "I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. . . .Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure."
This memoir is honest and forthright about his homosexuality, his fear of his schizophrenic brother, and his internship and residency in California where he led a double life of medical rounds in the day and drugs, motorcycles and muscle beaches on his own time.
Through living on the edge, he seems to have developed the profound empathy for his patients that led to his wonderful essays and case studies about the neurologically impaired.
How could the performance have been better?
Surely, the publisher could have found a reader with a British accent for a more authentic reading of Oliver Sack's story. The reader fails to convey Dr. Sack's puckish humor, irony, or emotion.
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