Oaxaca Journal

Oaxaca Journal

eBook - 2012
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"I have been an inveterate keeper of journals since I was 14 especially at times of adventure and crisis and travel. Here, for the first time, such a journal made its way to publication, not that much changed from the raw, handwritten journal that I kept during my fascinated 9 days in Oaxaca." Dr. Oliver Sacks
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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 bestselling 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 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: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2012
ISBN: 9780307402165
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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kristymck
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.

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rhuntley
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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