The Island of the Colour-blind

The Island of the Colour-blind

Non-Fiction, Education, Philosophy & Social Sciences, Social Sciences & Sociology, Sociology
Paperback Published on: 05/07/2012
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Synopsis

'Sacks is rightly renowned for his empathy . . . anyone with a taste for the exotic will find this beautifully written book highly engaging' – Sunday TimesAlways 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 cycad trees – and these become the starting point for a meditation on time and evolution, disease and adaptation, and islands both real and metaphorical in The Island of the Colour-Blind.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780330526104
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 268g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 28 mm

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Sacks is to be commended for creating in one memorable volume a travel guide to Micronesia: an exploration of its history, geography, geology and unique cu... READ MORE
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