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Cover of: Musicophilia | Oliver Sacks
About the Book

Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does–humans are a musical species.

Oliver Sacks’s compassionate, compelling tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own brains, and of the human experience. In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people–from a man who is struck by lightning and suddenly inspired to become a pianist at the age of forty-two, to an entire group of children with Williams syndrome who are hypermusical from birth; from people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans, to a man whose memory spans only seven seconds–for everything but music.

Our exquisite sensitivity to music can sometimes go wrong: Sacks explores how catchy tunes can subject us to hours of mental replay, and how a surprising number of people acquire nonstop musical hallucinations that assault them night and day. Yet far more frequently, music goes right: Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson’s disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer’s or amnesia.

Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and in Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks tells us why.

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Excerpts

What an odd thing it is to see an entire species - billions of people- playing with, listening to, meaningless tonal patters, occupied and preoccupied for much of their time by what they call "music."
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19 editions First published in 2007

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2014, Adelphi
Musicofilia
Epub in Italian - Prima edizione digitale
Cover of: ‫نزعة الى الموسيقى‬
2010, Arab Scientific Publishers
‫نزعة الى الموسيقى‬
Paperback in Arabic
Cover of: ‫نزعة الى الموسيقى‬
2010, Arab Scientific Publishers
‫نزعة الى الموسيقى‬
Epub in Arabic
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2010, Clio
MUZIKOFILIJA
in Serbian
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2010, Pan Macmillan
Musicophilia
Epub in English
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2009, Editorial Anagrama
Musicofilia
in Spanish - 2. ed.
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2008, Vintage Books
Musicophilia
Paperback in English - Rev. and expanded, 1st Vintage Books ed.
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2008, Knopf
Musicophilia
Electronic resource in English
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2008, Vintage Canada
Musicophilia
Trade Paperback in English - Vintage Canada Edition
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2008, Adelphi Edizioni
Musicofilia
in Italian - 4a ed.
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2008, Vintage Books
Musicophilia
Epub in English
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2007, Alfred A. Knopf
Musicophilia
Hardcover in English - First Edition
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2007, Random House
Musicophilia
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2007, Picador
Musicophilia
Hardcover in English
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2007 October 16, RH Audio
Musicophilia
Audio CD in English - Abridged edition
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2008 August, Alfred A. Knopf
Musicophilia
Hardcover in English - 16th printing
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2007 October 16, Books on Tape
Musicophilia
Audiobook Download in English
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2007 October 16, Random House Audio
Musicophilia
Audiobook Download in English
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2007 October 16, Random House Audio
Musicophilia
Audiobook Download in English

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