9781400033539

Musicophilia

  • ISBN 13:

    9781400033539

  • ISBN 10:

    1400033535

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 09/23/2008
  • Publisher: Vintage

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Summary

Revised and expanded with 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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