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Book review: On the Move, by Oliver Sacks

Sacks completed this autobiography shortly before his death, so we get a pretty complete account of his varied life spent mainly in the USA. As his title suggests, he travelled a great amount and not only in the geographical sense; he inhabited a surprising range of personalities. Quite early in his life he became addicted to motor cycles, the more powerful the better, and used them to make long journeys, sometimes riding all night before returning to work in the morning. For a number of years he was also an enthusiastic weight lifter and body builder; one of the chapters is called 'Muscle Beach'. And he experimented with drugs, especially amphetamines, on a large scale, to the point where he nearly died and was only saved by undertaking analysis. [More]


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