Musicophilia : Tales of Music and the Brain

By (author) Oliver W Sacks


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Revised and ExpandedWith the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In "Musicophilia," he shows us a variety of what he calls "musical misalignments." Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with "amusia," to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds-for everything but music. Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable, "Musicophilia" is Oliver Sacks' latest masterpiece.

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  • Paperback | 425 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 30.48mm | 476.27g
  • 23 Sep 2008
  • Waterbrook Press (A Division of Random House Inc)
  • Colorado
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised, Expanded ed.
  • 1400033535
  • 9781400033539
  • 16,576

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Author Information

Oliver Sacks is the author of "Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, "and many other books, for which he has received numerous awards, including the Hawthornden Prize, a Polk Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and lives in New York City, where he is a practicing neurologist. He recently accepted a new position at Columbia University.

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"Powerful and compassionate. . . . A book that not only contributes to our understanding of the elusive magic of music but also illuminates the strange workings, and misfirings, of the human mind." --"The New York Times""Curious, cultured, caring. . . . "Musicophilia" allows readers to join Sacks where he is most alive, amid melodies and with his patients." --"The Washington Post Book World""Sacks has an expert bedside manner: informed but humble, self-questioning, literary without being self-conscious."--"Los Angeles Times""Sacks spins one fascinating tale after another to show what happens when music and the brain mix it up." --"Newsweek""Sacks once again examines the many mysteries of a fascinating subject." --"The Seattle Times"

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