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Asleep by Molly Caldwell Crosby
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Jul 21, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: finished

I really wanted to like this book. It's my type of subject, it's an interesting disease.... but I just felt so disappointed. There was a lot of writing that I could've done without, mostly detailed descriptions of the weather, the sounds, the smells, the sights, the history of NYC, etc. I just wanted the book to cut to the story. I also didn't realize that it was going to almost be more a book about neurology than the disease itself, focusing more on the doctors than the patients.

I'm still really interested in learning more about the disease, but I think I'll skip to Awakenings instead. The book also never once mentioned that the movie Awakenings featured the disease, though it mentions the book. It's a film I've seen several times (stars Robin Williams) and I think it would've been nice to have mentioned that connection.
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