Cecily's book reviews

In general I've written reviews of every book I've read since I joined GoodReads (RIP) in May 08, along with one or two I read prior to that. More recent reviews tend to be longer (sometimes a tad too long?). I always carry a book, though I don't get as much time as I'd like to get engrossed - life is busy, but in a good way. Too many of my favourite authors died without writing enough! Apart from reading, and writing about reading, I enjoy Scrabble, good restaurants, woodland, and attending the theatre.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - Oliver Sacks I picked this up at a railway station, shortly after it was published, not quite knowing what to expect.

All these years later, I remember it well. It was my first introduction to all sorts of conditions that are now more widely known to the general public, and left me amazed at the power and quirks of the human brain.

Funny, tragic, but never sentimental, Sacks writes with engaging charm.

That said, one can't help feeling a twinge of guilt, perhaps like a spectator at a Victorian freak show, even though the cases have been anonymised and the whole tone is so charming, affectionate and educational that overall, it's surely a force for good.

Currently reading

The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy
Sebastian Peake, China MiƩville, Mervyn Peake
Gormenghast
Mervyn Peake