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Mar 2007
Uncle Tungsten - Oliver Sachs - Picador, 2001
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This book is not exactly what it seems. It purports to be an autobiographical memoir of a twelve year old Jewish boy with a huge family growing up in a large London house just after the Second World War. In fact it is a depiction of an intellectual love affair. And the subject is not the one you would expect from the neurological case studies in Sachs’ books The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings. His first love, it turns out, was with the rather more sterile world of chemistry.
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