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28 June 2012
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Always fascinated by islands, Oliver Sacks is drawn to the Pacific by reports of the tiny atoll of Pingelap, with its isolated community of islanders born totally colour-blind; and to Guam, where he investigates a puzzling paralysis endemic there for a century. Along the way, he re-encounters the beautiful, primitive island eyead trees - and these become the starting point for a meditation on time and evolution, disease and adaptation, and islands both real and metaphorical. (The Island of the Colour-blind)- "Dr Sacks is an elegant and beguiling writer, and when he describes a condition such as achromatopsia (total colour-blindness), he is not content merely to describe it from the outside, but he tries to imagine what the world is like to a person with the condition. — Sunday Telegraph



Seeing VoicesThe Island of the Colour-blindA Leg to Stand Onby Oliver Sacks

Always fascinated by islands, Oliver Sacks is drawn to the Pacific by reports of the tiny atoll of Pingelap, with its isolated community of islanders born totally colour-blind; and to Guam, where he investigates a puzzling paralysis endemic there for a century. Along the way, he re-encounters the beautiful, primitive island eyead trees - and these become the starting point for a meditation on time and evolution, disease and adaptation, and islands both real and metaphorical. (The Island of the Colour-blind)



"Dr Sacks is an elegant and beguiling writer, and when he describes a condition such as achromatopsia (total colour-blindness), he is not content merely to describe it from the outside, but he tries to imagine what the world is like to a person with the condition. 

 Sunday Telegraph


Seeing Voices
The Island of the Colour-blind
A Leg to Stand On

by Oliver Sacks

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