Oaxaca Journal

Oaxaca Journal

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Oliver Sacks is best known as an explorer of the human mind, a neurologist with a gift for the complex, insightful portrayals of people and their conditions that fuel the phenomenal success of his books. But he is also a card-carrying member of the American Fern Society, and since childhood has been fascinated by these primitive plants and their ability to survive and adapt. Now the best-selling author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat brings his ceaseless curiosity and eye for the wondrous to the province of Oaxaca, Mexico. Oaxaca Journal is Sacks’s spellbinding account of his recent trip with a group of fellow fern enthusiasts to the beautiful, history-steeped province of Oaxaca. Bringing together Sacks’s passion for natural history and the richness of human culture with his penetrating curiosity and trammeling eye for detail, Oaxaca Journal is a captivating evocation of a places, its plants, its people, and its myriad wonders.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2002.
ISBN: 9780792265214
Characteristics: xv, 159 p. :,ill., map ;,21 cm.


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Jun 26, 2012

I love everything Oliver Sacks writes. This is a departure from his usual subject, and even though the subject might seem unusual, the search for rare ferns in Mexico, his writing style keeps one interested. A combination travel journal, fern handbook, observations on his fellow fern lovers. Recommended.

Mar 07, 2012

Well written. Interesting mix of botanical stuff, of which I have only a marginal interest in ferns, and a travelogue. You get a good feel for the people and the country in the state of Oaxaca. Having been to the city of Oaxaca myself a few years ago I could relate well to the physical descriptions and the feelings the author conveys.

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