"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
Über den Autor
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. www.oliversacks.com
Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does humans are a musical species. Oliver Sacks examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people. Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and in MUSICOPHILIA, Oliver Sacks tells us why.