[eBook] The Man Who Forgot How to ReadAuthor Howard Engel – 91videos.co

Finding The Words The Remarkable Journey Of A Bestselling Writer Struck With A Rare And Devastating Affliction And How He Triumphed Over His ConditionOne Hot Mid Summer Morning In Toronto, Bestselling Crime Novelist Howard Engel Got Up To Fetch His Morning Paper And Discovered He Could No Longer Read It The Letters Had Mysteriously Jumbled Themselves Into Something That Looked Like Cyrillic One Moment And Korean The Next Was This A Serbo Croatian Version Of The Globe He Wondered Overnight, While He Slept, Engel Had Experienced A Stroke And Now Suffered From A Rare Condition Called Alexia Sine Agraphia, Meaning That While He Could Still Write, He Could No Longer Read Engel S Gentle Humour And Matter Of Fact Tone Set The Stage For This Extraordinary Memoir That Traces The Writer S Journey Through A Life Changing Episode Describing His Stay In Hospital, Engel Also Discovers Other Horrifying And Fascinating New Insults To His Brain Geography Eludes Him He Can No Longer NavigateApples And Grapefruit Now Look The Same Only By Smelling Each One Can He Tell Them Apart And Yet, Despite These Devastating Disabilities And The Almost Certain Loss Of His Career And A Huge Chunk Of His Identity, Engel Prepares To Reconcile With His Condition He Contacts Renowned Neurologist Dr Oliver Sacks For Advice, Forging A Lasting Friendship He Bravely Begins To Learn How To Read All Over Again And, In The Face Of Obstacles, His Imagination Triumphs In The Writing Of His Latest Benny Cooperman Detective Novel, Memory Book Engel Describes The Painstaking Writing Process Of ThisBestseller, Which Has The Detective Developing Alexia After Being Struck On The HeadAn Absorbingly Detailed And Uplifting Story, Filled With Sly Wit And Candid Insights, The Man Who Forgot How To Read Will Appeal To Engel S Legion Of Fans, As Well As To All Those Fascinated By The Mysteries Of The Mind, On And Off The Page


10 thoughts on “The Man Who Forgot How to Read

  1. says:

    Spoiled by Oliver Sacks magnificent prose, I felt that Engel s memoir didn t quite measure up Upon reflection, however, the amazing achievement of being able to continue writing after the stroke which led to his disability alexia sine agraphia overshadows any faults Engels memoir is not only entertaining, it provides a unique perspective on what happens to stroke patients and how they handle lasting disability.Read alikes would include Bauby s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Cytowicz The Man Who Tasted Shapes, and of course, anything by Sacks, but especially A Leg to Stand On.


  2. says:

    How do I give a lukewarm review to such an astounding and incredible story and author It is indeed an incredible tale, but unfortunately it contains so many of Engel s acknowledged deficits that the prose is quite dry Large elements are repeated across several chapters and the same analogies appear over and over The Oliver Sacks afterword is cleverly left until after you have worked through Engel s tale, and immediately reveals what was missing a clinician s knowledge, comparison to others experiences with alexia, and an editor s pen.


  3. says:

    I don t usually read brain books It is a phase I have left behind me But since some of the problems this writer talks about resemble my own I was tempted Even though acquiring my brain injury is in my past, it still shapes my present And I find, especially when meeting new people, that explaining the invisible after effects of my stroke are still quite impossible So reading someone else s descriptions can sometimes be very helpful I didn t particularly like reading this book, for me, the story itself was of little interest My focus was on particular details How he describes how he experiences time, for instance Or how he knows where certain streets are, but not know where they go And his problem with alexia, was mine, and where reading is now back on, I m still below zero pun intended with numbers The afterword by Oliver Sacks moved me It is a struggle that calls for heroic determination and courage, as well as great resourcefulness, patience and, not least, humour simply to survive That touched something in me as well Because I agree And am proud to survive And thrive And recognizing my own determination in making it so Ha It is not very often that a book review ends in a proud statement about myself But this one did And it feels good.


  4. says:

    This is a fascinating book on a number of levels The whole concept and detailed description of the author s wrecked perception after his stroke was amazing and thought provoking I also loved reading his thoughts and feelings about the writing process in general both before and after the insult to his brain It was a very quick and easy read, but one that left me pondering for a long time.


  5. says:

    I couldn t get past the few few chapters While I think the conversational tone is fine to use in writing, the author was too repetitive about inconsequential information For instance, pointing out who Lolly was every time he used the name.


  6. says:

    Howard was kind enough to talk to me about his journey after I lost the ability to read post stroke Great man Great writer.


  7. says:

    A fascinating glimpse at the struggles of a stroke victim suddenly stricken with a rare condition called alexia sine agraphia Doesn t sound fascinating though, does it I thought so as well when I started this book snuggled into my bed and was promptly asleep after 5 pages Books that are text book related have that effect on me unfortunately So note to self don t read this one in bed.So once I got to reading this one sitting up in a chair, the story was very revealing and very interesting Alexia sine agraphia is a condition where you can write, but you can t read what you ve written It affects your ability to read in essense, it becomes a very difficult procedure, if even one that you can conquer at all In this case the stroke doesn t affect you at all bodily, it strikes you in your brain, specifically where you handle language.What made this book so interesting was that the man the stroke happened to was a writer by trade He s written many books primarily a detective series following a specific character and he happened to be a voracious reader of everything So when he woke up to the start of his stroke and he realized that his friends weren t pulling a world class joke by putting out a serbo croatian paper on his front doorstep and that something was seriously wrong,he had the presense of mind to know it and head to the hospital Then came the struggle to come back to a semblance of normalacy It s that fight to become a shadow of your former self that makes this book a trully fascinating look at our inner workings of the mind.Personally, I can t imagine loosing the ability to read It is such a huge part of what I am and what I enjoy So when you read someone else s struggle to overcome the handicap, you can t help but be amazed I ll give you this much, Howard Engel is a fighter He took the challenge head on and through hard work and a wonderful circle of friendly support, he has been able to continue with his writing career It s inspiring to say the least.


  8. says:

    Pretty amazing story.What happens to a writer who suddenly learns that he can t read One morning he gets up, picks up the paper and determines that it must be printed in a foreign language It is subsequently determined that he had a stroke and was left with alexia the ability to write but no longer able to read When my mind froze up, writing can only be compared to trying to move a ton of raw liver uphill by hand Engel is a mystery writer and wonders how he is going to be able to earn a living if he can t read what he has written I thought his description of the time in the rehab center was excellent How he learned to start finding his way around again, going to the grocery, going on a walk and being able to find his way back.He was able to write a mystery story putting his protagonist, Bennie Cooperman, in the hospital Not sure if he gave him alexia or not but did give him some form of mental illness or brain damage probably temporary and he has to resolve a mystery while in the hospital He apparently still has some problems but they are getting better and he is working with them And, Oliver Sacks wrote an afterword Not sure if Engel was just told aobut Sacks or if he had known about him before his stroke But somewhere in this process he wrote Sacks a letter and eventually went to visit him Sacks also wrote an afterword for the mystery story, Memory Book A Benny Cooperman Detective Novel.


  9. says:

    What is your passion life What would you do if you could no longer do it That was the case for Howard Engel, who is writes novels about crime But one summer morning, he encounters he can no longer read What would happen to him, his life, his passion This is a memoir based on his road to recovery from this rare medical condition after having a stroke His challenges and his need to continue to write I found it an easy and quick read I better understand the challenges of having a stroke and all the physical and mental effort needed to perform simple daily activities Kudos to Howard and wishing much success of his future novels.


  10. says:

    The author, a writer of the Benny Cooperman series of detective novels had a stroke and was stricken with alexia the inability to read, although he could still write, slightly restricted vision and a really bad memory This book is the story of his time from the stroke until he had his first post trauma novel published Its a slight book, very simply written which I enjoyed and somewhat repetitive He s a brave man, one of life s triers , but the book would have been better off as an essay in a suitable magazine Five stars for courage, four stars in admiration, but three stars for enjoyment.