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The Island of the Colorblind by Oliver Sacks
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Mar 13, 09

it was amazing

What's not to love: traveling around tropical islands with Oliver Sacks, bringing needed supplies to poor citizens, some of whom have a rare disorder that they see in black and white and are extremely sensitive to light. Again, Oliver Sacks' wit and compassion come through (and he gets a bit geeky over the botanical specimens he finds, which is slightly less compelling) as you follow him around, meeting all sorts of people. I cried when a kid who'd never been able to play outside, got a pair of special sunglasses and was able to RUN in daylight.

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