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Musicophilia

Authors: Sacks, Oliver
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: SEL031000, PSY020000, MUS054000
ISBN: 9780307267917, Related ISBNs: 0307267911, 0676979785, 0676979793, 0739357395, 0739357409
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 400,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis:

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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