Publisher: Vintage Books USA (January 1, 1996)
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Oliver Sacks has continually been desirous about islands--their remoteness, their secret, chiefly the original different types of existence they harbor. For him, islands conjure up both the romance of Melville and Stevenson, the journey of Magellan and prepare dinner, and the clinical ask yourself of Darwin and Wallace.Drawn to the tiny Pacific atoll of Pingelap by means of fascinating stories of an remoted neighborhood of islanders born absolutely color-blind, Sacks reveals himself developing a health center in a one-room island dispensary, the place he listens to those achromatopic islanders describe their colorless global in wealthy phrases of trend and tone, luminance and shadow. And on Guam, the place he is going to enquire the confusing neurodegenerative paralysis endemic there for a century, he turns into, for a quick time, an island neurologist, making condominium calls together with his colleague John Steele, amid crowing cockerels, cycad jungles, and the continues to be of a colonial culture.The islands reawaken Sacks' lifelong ardour for botany--in specific, for the primitive cycad timber, whose life dates again to the Paleozoic--and the cycads are the start line for an intensely own mirrored image at the which means of islands, the dissemination of species, the genesis of disorder, and the character of deep geologic time. Out of an unforeseen trip, Sacks has woven an unforgettable narrative which immerses us within the romance of island existence, and stocks his personal compelling imaginative and prescient of the complexities of being human.