April 18, 2009

Neurological mysteries

Today I found myself strolling around Chapters with my tall,mocha frappucino light in hand and I came upon a book that I must have read almost 30 years ago....no, that can't be right. Forget the time lapse. This must have been around the time (1990) of the release of the movie, "Awakenings" starring Robert deNiro and Robin Williams. It's based on a true story written by neurologist Oliver Sacks and Robin Williams' character is based on Sacks. If you haven't seen this movie, you should rent it. It is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking. It makes me cry every time I see an excerpt from the movie. OK, so I'm a big baby but I'll bet the majority of you out there will do the same.
Anyway, the book I picked up is a collection of short stories - actual cases - that are strange and mystifying. It is entitled "The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat". Now, that should grab your attention.


irenka said...

The book title is indeed intriguing. I couldn't finish watching that movie, to weepy.

Susan Williamson said...

I've never seen this movie, but I definitely have to now, although it sounds like I'll probably cry my way through it.

me again said...

I LOVE that movie! And I just finished going online at the Toronto Public Library site to reserve that book ... thanks for the recommendation! I look forward to reading it :-)