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Product Details

  • Series: Vintage
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307947444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307947444
  • ASIN: 0307947440
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A delightful work.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Sacks’s boundless curiosity is always a reward.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Sacks doesn't waste a word. . . . He deftly characterizes people he meets along the way, smoothly slips facts from his wide-ranging reading into his narrative, expertly describes landscapes and raises up a hero: Boone Hallberg, a U.S.-born scientist who has lived in Oaxaca since the 1940s, working to conserve the priceless diversity of the natural world.” –San Francisco Chronicle

"Light and fast-moving. . . . Among the botanical and anthropological observations, one catches glimpses of Sacks's inner life: his preoccupation with dualities, his nearly Victorian sense of modesty, his fascination with the world around him." —The New Yorker
 
"Like all the best journals, it has a rich immediacy, a sense that we share the moment of the author’s perceptions. Since Sacks is such a lovely writer, and he and his fellow travelers such fonts of knowledge about everything from Mexican history to Mayan culture to chocolate making to the workings of fern evolution, the book is a rare treat. . . . It makes you want to strap on your field glasses and catch the first flight south." –The Globe and Mail
 
“Relaxed yet observant. . . . [Sacks’] thoughtful, sometimes wistful ruminations, no matter how expansive they may grow, are always rooted in the concrete details he has observed. . . . Those who read Oaxaca Journal will appreciate Sacks’ own diligence as an observer and his skill in translating the wonders of the material world into words.” —Los Angeles Times
 
"Oaxaca Journal whipped up my appetite for a visit to Mexico, as the best travel writing does." —The Providence Journal
 
“The combination of his insatiable curiosity and rigorous scientific observation makes him an excellent travelling companion. . . . Mexico past and present emerges from these bursts of association and digression. . . . With so much of the world made superficially familiar by tourism, Oliver Sacks’s dogged pursuit of the exotic is especially welcome. He has, moreover, succeeded in striking that elusive balance of input between traveler and culture that makes for good travel writing.” —Times Literary Supplement (London)
 
“Bittersweet and profound. . . . Truly a lovely book.” —The Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Oliver Sacks is a practicing physician and the author of more than ten books, including Musicophilia, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film). He lives in New York City, where he is professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the first Columbia University Artist.

More About the Author

Oliver Sacks was born in London and educated in London, Oxford, California, and New York. He is professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University, and Columbia's first University Artist. He is the author of many books, including Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Musicophilia. His newest book, Hallucinations, will be published in November, 2012.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. F. Adamson on December 20, 2012
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This another of Dr. Sacks contributions to good reading along with contributing to the world's store of how the mind works. Since it is a journal we get a glimpse also of how his mind works, and a delightful narrative of a trip into Oaxaca. For botanists it is also informative about ferns as a result of the companions who are also interested in what that part of the world has to offer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Salzberg on January 27, 2013
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Oliver Sacks has a huge amount of curiosity and insight. The book is not over-written, he shares his experiences about traveling with the fern society to Oaxaca very directly and although this might not sound promising, it really is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John D. Ferguson on January 18, 2013
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This book was really a gift for my wife, who is a biologist and really enjoyed reading about this field trip experience. It was a perfect book to read together. The excitement of finding plant species was familiar to her, the descriptions of local foods, customs, and cottage industries was fascinating, and the discussions of subjects of interest to the author added a special touch.

Why four stars instead of five? We found the book to be very good, but we like to save five stars for the truly outstanding.
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