"One of the most beautifully composed and moving works of our time." --The Washington Post"Compulsively readable. . . . Dr. Sacks writes...more
"One of the most beautifully composed and moving works of our time." --The Washington Post"Compulsively readable. . . . Dr. Sacks writes beautifully and with exceptional subtlety and penetration into both the state of mind of his patients and the nature of illness generally. . . . A brilliant and humane book." --A. Alvarez, The ObserverAwakenings--which inspired the major motion picture--is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, "awakening" effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of his patients, their lives, and the extraordinary transformations which went with their reintroduction to a changed world."[Sacks] opens to the reader doors of perception generally passed through only by those at the far borders of human experience."--The Boston Globe"A masterpiece." --W. H. Auden less
Great stories, totally different from the film, although that is still worthwhile in its own right. It can be dense at times, but over all it is touching and amazing. Has the potentail to really make you think about life.
An astounding book and absolutely one of my favourites. Not only does Dr Sacks prove himself to be enormously compassionate, but his writing is so sensitive and insightful it left me knowing much more about myself than I thought possible. Also incredibly intellectually stimulating, especially on the first read. I admire this work as well as love it and can think of little more to add.