Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

by Oliver Sacks | Health, Mind & Body |
ISBN: 0330523597 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingruzenawing on 3/6/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by wingruzenawing on Tuesday, March 06, 2012
First published 2008; revised and expanded. Picador paperback 2011. 391 pages + bibliography + index.

This is a new copy to continue the stalled bookray.


* raluk68 (Romania - prefers EU shipping)
* salvami (Ireland - prefers Europe)
* ETMadrid (UK - Europe if possible)
* pam99 (UK - int'l)
* oppem (Oregon US - prefer US)
* LittleWhiteBird (California, US - US)
* jmsmom (Oklahoma US)
* kobie03 (Canada)
- then free to go where kobie dictates :)


Journal Entry 2 by wingruzenawing at Vantaa, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (3/6/2012 UTC) at Vantaa, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland


Off we go!

Journal Entry 3 by raluk68 at București, Wallachia Romania on Thursday, March 15, 2012
Yoo-Hoo!! :)) That is one pleasant surprise! I thought this ring is cancelled because of the missing book. I'm happy to see I was wrong.
Currently I am in the middle of another 600+ pages book. I'll start Musicopholia after I'm done with it.

Thank you ruzena for your generosity of sharing this book!

Journal Entry 4 by raluk68 at București, Wallachia Romania on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I have learn some interesting facts from this book! Like: The influence of music is so high that the brain of a professional musician is different from the others! Wow!!

Out of all the case studies presented hereby I was touched by Clive's in `Music and Amnesia` chapter :)

Thank you for this opportunity ruzena!

Journal Entry 5 by raluk68 at București, Wallachia Romania on Friday, April 06, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (4/6/2012 UTC) at București, Wallachia Romania


Traveling to the next reader in the ring!
Enjoy it! :)

Journal Entry 6 by salvami at Wexford, Co. Wexford Ireland on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Book is here! :) Thanks ruzena for organizing this bookray and raluk68 for sending the book!

Journal Entry 7 by salvami at Wexford, Co. Wexford Ireland on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (7/17/2012 UTC) at Wexford, Co. Wexford Ireland


Interesting, enjoyable read!

The book has finally started travelling again, I'm so sorry for keeping the book for long.

Journal Entry 8 by ETMadrid at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, August 04, 2012
I collected this book today from the sorting office where it had gone as it was sent recorded delivery - took me a few days to be able to get there.

I'm slightly behind on my reading as I have been so busy but I will do so as soon as possible and let you know how I get on. Am really looking forward to this one.

Journal Entry 9 by ETMadrid at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, September 08, 2012
As neither a musician nor a medic I did find this in some ways quite hard work. However Oliver Sacks writes in an eminently digestible way about topics that are quite specialised. I think I am probably tone deaf - I certainly wouldn't be able to tune a guitar or sing along, and I've never, bar the recorder in a class of 30, had a music lesson. But of my two siblings who did have lessons and played quite well at one point, I am the one who now goes most regularly to listen to live music. I'm not knowledgeable about classical music and unless in a very intimate, small & informal venue, it is not classical music that reaches my heart. World music, that sends me travelling and discovering a whole range of new rhythms, is what speaks to me the most. I do wonder whether this is in part a result of not having been exposed to much music when young. Sacks does ask this question in the book but doesn't answer it. I have programmed music regularly in London hospitals and sometimes have been lucky enough to gain an insight as to what the music means to those listening to it, that range from passers by to patients and hospital staff. One couple came quite regularly and one day, after they were inspired to get up and dance, we discovered that the husband was an Alzheimers sufferer. This book did make me want to thank my lucky stars, but who knows where we'll all be and how we'll be in a few years from now (the eery case of the couple who read Sacks' previous book and then just a short time later were beset by serious problems did make me rather uneasy!). Hopefully for all concerned I won't be overcome by a constant desire to sing, if suffering from dementia... Not unless my brain unlocks a hidden musicality as yet unleashed!! How I'd love to sing well.... Anyway that's more than enough about me. I am genuinely interested in the power of music and this was quite illuminating.

Suitably I think you'll agree this book has been with me to the Paralympics and the Proms. It'll soon be on its way again. (Glad to see that the previous stalled book has just re-emerged, if not on its original trajectory.)

Journal Entry 10 by ETMadrid at Bermondsey, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, October 25, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (10/25/2012 UTC) at Bermondsey, Greater London United Kingdom


I'm so terribly sorry for sitting on this book like I've never done before, and causing a delay... At last I got the book in an envelope and posted it today. The sometimes hectic lifestyle I choose has clearly got the better of me lately.

It's not really the same thing as discussed in this book, but there's still time to listen again to this programme on earworms:

Journal Entry 11 by pam99 at Troon, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, October 27, 2012
the book arrived safely yesterday, I'll read it once I finish the book I'm on.

Journal Entry 12 by pam99 at Troon, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, October 29, 2012
I read this book over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it - I'm a psychology graduate and I've read several of Sacks' books, and I also sing in a choir (and played in a brass band as a youngster).

Fascinating stuff, particularly about the application of music therapy.

I'm going to check if my partner's daughter already has this book, and if not I'll buy her a copy for Christmas - she is a musician and I think she'd really enjoy it. Thanks bookcrossing!

PS. I see that the next on the list was to be oppem, who sadly passed away earlier this year, so I will go on to LittleWhiteBird.

Journal Entry 13 by pam99 at Troon, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, November 02, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (11/1/2012 UTC) at Troon, Scotland United Kingdom


in the post to LittleWhiteBird in the US!

Journal Entry 14 by LittleWhiteBird at Pasadena, California USA on Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The book arrived in the mail today. It will my second book by Oliver Sacks to read. The first one I read was "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat".

Journal Entry 15 by LittleWhiteBird at Pasadena, California USA on Tuesday, March 12, 2013
This was a slow read for me, because I had to pay a lot of attention in order not to miss anything interesting. But it was worth it, I read through it one chapter and sometimes a partial chapter at a time, that's why it took so long.

I found it fascinating what influence music and music therapy can have on people with dementia and other illnesses. Music is something really special and now I have found out about even more reasons why this is so.

I'll send the book to kobie03 soon. (jmsmom wants to be skipped)

Journal Entry 16 by LittleWhiteBird at Pasadena, California USA on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (3/13/2013 UTC) at Pasadena, California USA


The book is on it's way to kobie03 now, along with a few little surprises, so I could make the most out of that postage. :)

I hope you enjoy the book. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 17 by kobie03 at Lewins Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Book arrived today with some beautiful labels, bookmarks,post-its, a zip loc release bag and my very first bookcrossing pencil. Thank you so very much. I'm at the end of the ray and I'll repost it as a ray again if I don't send it as a RABCK. Looks like a very interesting read.

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