A Stroke of Genius

A Stroke of Genius

Illness and Self-discovery

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
The critically acclaimed author of Love's Mansion utilizes the symptoms of the illnesses from which he suffers to embark on an imaginative quest for self-exploration, reflecting on such topics as existentialism, doctors, etymology, coffee, air travel, and more. 12,500 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Like Susan Sontag in Illness as Metaphor, West trains the telescope of disease on a larger picture. Luckily for his readers, his symptoms have served to whet a riotous imagination that steadfastly refuses to be dampened by even the direst of trials. In a manic search for order and meaning, he muses over hospital minutiae, the aloofness of doctors, Proust, Milton, existentialism, Coumadin and Inderal, pacemaker lore, the comedies of air travel, ersatz coffee, red-eye writing stints, and the enigma of his biological clock.
"Each day is a pageant, an experiment," he writes. A Stroke of Genius is a rhapsody on the mystery of health and a newfound awareness that is the hard-earned gift of chronic illness.

Baker
& Taylor

Utilizes the symptoms of the illnesses from which the author suffers to embark on an imaginative quest for self-exploration, reflecting on such topics as existentialism, doctors, etymology, coffee, and air travel

Publisher: New York : Viking, 1995
ISBN: 9780670849567
0670849561
Branch Call Number: 362.196 WES
Characteristics: viii, 180p. ; 23cm

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