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The Island of the Colorblind (1996)

de Oliver Sacks

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Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands--their remoteness, their mystery, above all the unique forms of life they harbor. For him, islands conjure up equally the romance of Melville and Stevenson, the adventure of Magellan and Cook, and the scientific wonder of Darwin and Wallace. Drawn to the tiny Pacific atoll of Pingelap by intriguing reports of an isolated community of islanders born totally color-blind, Sacks finds himself setting up a clinic in a one-room island dispensary, where he listens to these achromatopic islanders describe their colorless world in rich terms of pattern and tone, luminance and shadow. And on Guam, where he goes to investigate the puzzling neurodegenerative paralysis endemic there for a century, he becomes, for a brief time, an island neurologist, making house calls with his colleague John Steele, amid crowing cockerels, cycad jungles, and the remains of a colonial culture. The islands reawaken Sacks' lifelong passion for botany--in particular, for the primitive cycad trees, whose existence dates back to the Paleozoic--and the cycads are the starting point for an intensely personal reflection on the meaning of islands, the dissemination of species, the genesis of disease, and the nature of deep geologic time. Out of an unexpected journey, Sacks has woven an unforgettable narrative which immerses us in the romance of island life, and shares his own compelling vision of the complexities of being human.… (més)
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> Babelio : https://www.babelio.com/livres/Sacks-Lile-en-noir-et-blanc/232932
> BAnQ (Boulanger N., Québec science, 1998, Mars) : https://collections.banq.qc.ca/ark:/52327/2874229

> PSYCHOLOGIE . — Scientifique, mais au fond inclassable, le neurologue Oliver Sacks revient cet automne avec L'ïle en noir et blanc (Seuil, octobre). L'auteur de L'Homme qui prenait sa femme pour un chapeau décrit ici la vie sur des îles mystérieuses du Pacifique où « se cachent des formes de vie surprenantes ». Sur Pingelap, par exemple, ne vivent que des achromates (qui ne voient pas les couleurs). Sacks décrit les conséquences psychologiques de ces carences physiologiques. (Antoine ROBITAILLE)
--Le devoir, 6 septembre 1997, Cahier D … ; (Source),
URL : https://collections.banq.qc.ca/ark:/52327/2768236
  Joop-le-philosophe | Jul 10, 2021 |
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  Taddone | Nov 28, 2019 |
Sacks' fascinating look at colorblindness and other conditions in several Pacific islands. Witty and absorbing, as with all of the Sacks books I've tried. ( )
1 vota JBD1 | Mar 11, 2019 |
colorbindness, psychology, non-fiction, case studies ( )
  CarmenCorea | Nov 13, 2017 |
I enjoyed the first part of the book immensely, as it was about true colorblindness. People see everything in shades of gray. As a scientist who works on vision, it was fascinating to read the way people adapted to their condition and also uplifting to read how Oliver Sacks and his companions (one of which was also achromatic) helped the people on this island. The epidemiology was interesting too. This all began with a storm that killed most of the people on the island…

What kept this from being a 4-star book was that I didn't realize this was only half the book. The second half was on islands where mysterious diseases occurred where people developed dementia, parkinson's like symptoms or symptoms of ALS. While this was intellectually interesting, it was terribly depressing and not what I had signed up for. Also there was a large section on native plants. Still, Oliver Sacks is (was) a fantastic writer and has a very keen sense of the humanity of those individuals he talks about. Highly recommended but at least my copy turned out to be different than I thought. I think my edition is actually "The Island of the Colorblind and Cyclad Island". However they seem to be together. ( )
1 vota krazy4katz | Nov 2, 2017 |
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Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands--their remoteness, their mystery, above all the unique forms of life they harbor. For him, islands conjure up equally the romance of Melville and Stevenson, the adventure of Magellan and Cook, and the scientific wonder of Darwin and Wallace. Drawn to the tiny Pacific atoll of Pingelap by intriguing reports of an isolated community of islanders born totally color-blind, Sacks finds himself setting up a clinic in a one-room island dispensary, where he listens to these achromatopic islanders describe their colorless world in rich terms of pattern and tone, luminance and shadow. And on Guam, where he goes to investigate the puzzling neurodegenerative paralysis endemic there for a century, he becomes, for a brief time, an island neurologist, making house calls with his colleague John Steele, amid crowing cockerels, cycad jungles, and the remains of a colonial culture. The islands reawaken Sacks' lifelong passion for botany--in particular, for the primitive cycad trees, whose existence dates back to the Paleozoic--and the cycads are the starting point for an intensely personal reflection on the meaning of islands, the dissemination of species, the genesis of disease, and the nature of deep geologic time. Out of an unexpected journey, Sacks has woven an unforgettable narrative which immerses us in the romance of island life, and shares his own compelling vision of the complexities of being human.

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