The Island of the Colorblind

By Oliver W. Sacks
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375700736, 336pp.)

Publication Date: January 12, 1998

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"An explorer of that most wondrous of islands, the human brain," writes D.M. Thomas in "The New York Times Book Review," "Oliver Sacks also loves the oceanic kind of islands." Both kinds figure movingly in this book--part travelogue, part autobiography, part medical mystery story--in which Sacks's journeys to a tiny Pacific atoll and the island of Guam become explorations of the meaning of islands, the genesis of disease, the wonders of botany, the nature of deep geological time, and the complexities of being human.




About the Author
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.
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