Oaxaca Journal

Oaxaca Journal

Book - 2005
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The best-selling author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks is well know as an explorer of the human mind--a neurologist with a gift for complex, insightful portrayals of people and their conditions. However, 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 in many climates. 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, Mexico. Bringing together Sacks's passion for natural history and the richness of human culture with his sharp eye for detail, Oaxaca Journal is a captivating evocation of a place, its plants, its people, and its myriad wonders.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2005, c2002.
ISBN: 9780792242086
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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