‘The man who mistook his wife for a hat’ by Oliver Sacks; Book review/microreview.

I was a little dissapointed by this book, but I think this is mainly because it was not what I expected it to be at all. This book is very overrated in my opinion.(would love to hear your opinions)

Considering this is a psychology book, it is easy to understand for the average non psychology degree student, which I liked. It took me a while to finish this book, which is not normal for me. I did want to finish it, I just wasn’t excited to keep picking it up, which never happens for me. So I guess this means I didn’t enjoy it?

It was my first psychology book written in this way, which may be why I didn’t find it a breezey read, compared to my usual genre of contemporary YA. I didn’t dislike this book, I found the content interesting. There was just something about it that didn’t grasp me. I don’t have much to say about this book, good or bad. Hence, the microreview.

Overall, I’d give it a 3/5.


  1. I enjoyed this book! I didn’t find the specific cases in themselves to be the most gripping things (although they were interesting to me from a psych background) but I found his writing and the marriage of philosophy and science to be really insightful.

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  2. I often read books that have a good story, just not well executed, or not in the way I would enjoy. Sounds like your experience with this one. Nothing to do but move on to the next one. I’d heard of this book but didn’t know much about it, maybe just as well. Thanks for your input!

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  3. I hate when you read a book and go…what was everyone raving about?? That happened to me with The Silent Patient. So sorry this book didn’t live up to the hype for you!

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  4. I really loved the blend of ethics, philosophy, science and his writing. His description of the cases were a bit too in depth which made it a little dry, but apart from that I enjoyed it. Completely understand your viewpoint though!

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