Boring I would rather read a book by Dr Sacks than a book about him I would like to be able to sit down with Dr Oliver Sacks for ABOUT FOUR HOURS TO TALK ABOUT four hours to talk about many things OK so it would take than four hoursFascinating back story on a neurologist who considered the human brain the most incredible thing in the universe Originally published on my blog Nonstop Reader And How Are You Dr Sacks is an intricately crafted honest and fascinating memoir and biography of Dr Oliver Sacks by nonfiction titan Lawrence Weschler Released 13th Aug by Macmillan on their Farrar Straus Giroux imprint it s 400 pages and available in hardcover ebook and audio formatsThe point for me with biography is that the book captures the voice of the subject This book really made Oliver Sacks live for me The author had an enduring friendship and access to Dr Sacks over decades Additionally he had detailed notes and interviews with friends and acuaintances as well as papers ournals and letters I was familiar with Dr Sacks through his works Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and thought at the time that he would be a fascinating person to know This book has cemented that to a certainty What a fascinating man he wasIn a lot of ways Sacks reminded me of Richard Feynman both polymaths both incredibly brilliant both uite odd in a lot of ways brutally unwittingly honest especially with people incredibly brilliant both uite odd in a lot of ways brutally unwittingly honest especially with people s also a lot of wit and humor here The retelling of him being in a rage and in the absence of alcohol chugging a bottle of Worcestershire sauce which made him hiccup violently made me giggle out loudThis is a brilliant biography and is told with honesty kindness and warmth The author is a prodigiously talented writer and the prose even with difficult or sad subjects is written with generosity and fairness The story of his and his brother s experiences as children at boarding school moved me to tearsFive stars I recommend it unreservedly to lovers of biography science bio nonfiction medical bios etcDisclosure I received an ARC at no cost from the authorpublisher for review purposes I think Oliver Sacks is one of the most interesting people of the 20th century but this book was difficult to get through I know the author started it years ago was asked to stop and then picked it back up that s how it read It didn t really have flow and was kind of told in fits and starts The subject matter was interesting but I think it could have used some editingfinessing The world is largely indifferent to opinions but everybody needs a good laugh so I offer up two funny passages from this book His housekeeper regularly writes him lists of things he should buy The other day he. The untold story of Dr Oliver Sacks his own most singular patientAn
*Engrossing Biographical Memoir This Is *biographical memoir This is at full blast on endless ward rounds observing his post encephalitic patients exulting over horseshoe crabs and chunks of Iceland spar Barbara Kiser NatureThe author Lawrence Weschler began spending time with Oliver Sacks in the early 1980s when he set out to profile the neurologist for his own new employer The New Yorker Almost a decade earlier Dr Sacks had published his masterpiece Awakenings the account of his long dormant patients’ miraculous but troubling return to life in a Bronx hospital ward But the book had hardly been an immediate success and the rumpled clinician was still largely unknown.
Review ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ò Lawrence WeschlerAtive review of ALTSO from a British
Magazine It Should Say Something To TheIt should say something to the that while Sachs is often a pleasure to read the negative review is eye wateringly dull and pompousIn lieu of a traditional you should read this book I think I will conclude this recommendation by stating that it made me vow to go back to the some of works of the man himself that I have yet to read because he comes off as somebody who would be great to be with in book form where you can easily close him up and put him down Weschler befriended Oliver Sacks back in the 1980s and planned to write a biographical piece about him which Sacks later asked him not to publish Then several years ago as he was dying he changed his mind and insisted Weschler write the book after all This is the book I The Commander just love Oliver Sacks You know those who would you like to eat dinner with dead or alive uestions that I hate because I never know how to answer them Well in readingust the prologue to this book I realized my answer is Oliver Sacks I adore his books and the picture I ve gotten of him over the years It is rare that I am very much affected by the deaths of famous people but I found myself repeatedly crying for several days after finding out he had died All of this is ust to say that I was very excited to be able to read this book and it did not disappoint The majority of the book is focu Skimmed thru last half TMI This is a wonderful book opening the world of Oliver Sacks to all of us He was above all an intellectual philosopher and something of a character The author gives insight into his personality with all of uirks This is done through many letters which Oliver wrote into his personality with all of its uirks This done through many letters which Oliver wrote the author of this biography It shows ust how his mind was always working sometimes so fast that his thoughts eclipse his speech and how his thoughts A Dance Of Cranes jump suddenly with the sometimes difficult to establish segues which he then explains or doesn t His curiosity and playfulness sometimes come out boldly as well as his times of sudden anger and fixations on strange things He seems to have looked at his patients with a focus on science and art The author had a greatob of trying to explain and capture the personality of this enigma but I think he succeeded The first part was interesting Unfortunately it became and dreary and I gave up at chapter 17 It did not help that there was and raw material about the interaction between the biographer and his subject in the form of too many transcripts of notes letters etc Review to come of this wonderful enlightening memoir of Oliver Sacks written in a uniue way that I ve never seen any memoir written before This is Oliver Sacks the man not the neurologist. Nts and exhausting his friends; and waging intellectual war against a medical and scientific establishment that failed to address his greatest concern the spontaneous specificity of the individual human soul And all the while he is pouring out a stream of glorious ribald hilarious and often profound conversation that establishes him as one of the great talkers of the age Here is the definitive portrait of Sacks as our preeminent romantic scientist a self described “clinical ontologist” whose entire practice revolved around the single fundamental uestion he effectively asked each of his patients How are you Which is to say How do you be A uestion which Weschler with this book turns back on the good doctor himse. Tells me prominent on the list was the word FAIL I figured this must be some prodigiously self deprecatory detergent and set about looking for it But no stores had it and this must be some prodigiously self deprecatory detergent and set about looking for it But no stores had it and decided the name must have been self fulfilling Or so I reported to my housekeeper when I came home to which she countered No no you idiot not fail FOIL Kindle location 4033 Oliver is he tells me over the phone in a parasuicidal rage Indeed he goes on in the absence of alcohol I have ust consumed an entire bottle of Worcestershire sauce and it is making me hiccup violently l 4201 Those nice people at Farrar Straus and Giroux and Netgalley allowed me to have a free electronic review copy of this book so I dived in at the beginning and read it through to the end trying to keep up a momentum because I think the implicit promise here is that the review should be written before the book is published Although I enjoyed the book well enough in this way I think the book
*might be enjoyed better if you picked it up read an entertaining chapter and then perhaps *be enjoyed better if you picked it up read an entertaining chapter and then perhaps it aside for a few weeks Alternately you could borrow it from the library read a few chapters perhaps reading out of order would even be better return it to the library and borrow it again a few weeks later The reason I suggest this eccentric method is that there is a certain amount of overlap in consecutive chapters which can be a little tiresome if you are speeding through the book in a linear fashion but would probably be completely welcome if you haven t opened it for a few weeksI thought I read once that Kurt Vonnegut okingly suggested that his memoirs would be entitled Hell to Live With I can t find immediate confirmation of this on the internet so I suggest it as an alternate title to this book Sachs as portrayed by his longtime friend comes off as some madcap offspring of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves super brainy but tending to get into scrapes due to a combination of bad udgment stubbornness indifference to social norms and the desire to do goodA small amount of previous experience with the work of Sachs will also add to the enjoyment which is to say it s sort of a book for fans I read Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales and that was certainly enough context for this book I plead guilty to occasional skimming Sachs apparently spent a long time with writer s block during composition of the book that would ultimately be titled A Leg to Stand On ALTSO and sometimes I ust wanted to yell at my ebook reader Just finish the damn book already I imagine many of his friends must have felt the same way Another skimming episode occurred when the author re printed parts of a long neg. Over the ensuing four years the two men worked closely together until for wracking personal reasons Sacks asked Weschler to abandon the profile a reuest to which Weschler acceded The two remained close friends however across the next thirty years and then ust as Sacks was dying he urged Weschler to take up the project once again This book is the result of that entreatyWeschler sets Sacks’s brilliant table talk and extravagant personality in vivid relief casting himself as a beanpole Sancho to Sacks’s capacious uixote We see Sacks rowing and ranting and caring deeply; composing the essays that would form The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat; recalling his turbulent drug fueled younger days; helping his patie. ,