It seems like I've been reading a lot of borderline 3-4 star books lately. This one is hard to give only 3 stars, because it was a gift, and I hate toIt seems like I've been reading a lot of borderline 3-4 star books lately. This one is hard to give only 3 stars, because it was a gift, and I hate to seem ungrateful.
The first third or half of the book is great. The last quarter of the book is good. In between, not as much. It seemed to me that Sacks was way more enamored of the things he was thinking and writing than I was, which was very frustrating. Many times he would repeat the same thought several times, expounding and elaborating tiny nuances that didn't seem, to me, to be going anywhere or adding any real insight.
The case is neurologically interesting, but not so much more so than any of the ones in TMWMHWfaH that it deserves a whole book. Sacks' insight into his own situation is enough to carry the book for 100 or even 150 pages, but unfortunately this volume is 200 pages long.
(Would I have been this harsh during a period when I had more time to read and could have zipped through the slow bits in a week, rather than a month? Maybe not. Oh Well?)...more