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Memory Book by Howard Engel
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Aug 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: modern-mystery, canadian, fiction
Read from September 24 to October 04, 2016

This is a most unusual mystery. Howard Engel had a small stroke which left him with an inability to read and some colour and shape recognition problems. He couldn't read but he could write and this combination is a huge problem for someone who is a voracious reader and writes for a living. Mr. Engel transferred the problems to Benny Cooperman and had him solve a mystery while he was in hospital undergoing therapy. The result is an entertaining mystery with a fascinating medical situation as part of it. There are a number of entertaining scenes: 6 yr old Dympna hoping her father will turn up for her birthday, the UN diplomat, the two Belgians and all discussing great meals around the world as they eat their hospital dinner, nurse Carol McKay, rhymes with day, whom Benny finally just calls Rhymes With, and the scenes with Benny's parents, which are very moving.
The afterword by Dr. Oliver Sachs validates, if that was necessary, what Engel has had happen to Benny. (Why did I not remember reading this before?)

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