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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
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Aug 16, 12

Read in August, 2012

Amazing.

I am amazed each time I have read this book. Also, can there be a better paragraph?

Oliver Saks - A Matter of Identity
"He remembered nothing for more than a few seconds. He was continually disoriented. Abysses of amnesia continually opened beneath him, but he would bridge them, nimbly, by fluent confabulations and fictions of all kinds. For him they were not fictions, but how he suddenly saw, or interpreted, the world. Its radical flux and incoherence could not be tolerated, acknowledged, for an instant – there was, instead this strange, delirious, quasi-coherence, as Mr. Thompson, with his ceaseless, unconscious, quick fire inventions, continually improvised a world around him – Arabian Nights world, a phantasmagoria, a dream, of ever changing people, figures, situations ---- continual, kaleidoscopic mutations and transformations. For Mr. Thompson, however, it was not a tissue of ever changing, evanescent fancies and illusion, but a wholly normal, stable and factual world. So far he was concerned, there was nothing the matter."

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