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Proust and the Squid : The Story and Science of the Reading Brain - Maryanne Wolf

Proust and the Squid

The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

Paperback Published: 6th November 2008
ISBN: 9781848310308
Number Of Pages: 320

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How the brain learned to read is a startling reminder of the amazing achievements of humankind.

We were never born to read, says Maryanne Wolf. No specific genes ever dictated readings development. Human beings invented reading only a few thousand years ago. And with this invention, we changed the very organisation of our brain, which in turn expanded the ways we were able to think, which altered the intellectual evolution of our species.

In Proust and the Squid, Maryanne Wolf explores our brains near-miraculous ability to arrange and rearrange themselves in response to external circumstances. Wolf, a world expert on the reading brain, brings both a personal passion and a deft style to this incredible story. A pop science masterpiece on a subject that anyone who loves reading will be sure to find fascinating.

Industry Reviews

'This book is so thought-provoking that at times it feels as if one is being overloaded. Yet it is - except for some of the stuff about the supramarginal gyrus - quite easy to read. That, probably, is why it is so stimulating.' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian'Everything about Maryanne Wolf's book, which combines a healthy dose of lucid neuroscience with a dash of sensitive personal narrative, delights ... a beautifully balanced piece of popular-science writing' Boyd Tonkin, Independent'For people interested in language, this is a must. You'll find yourself focusing on words in new ways. Read it slowly - it will take time to sink in.' William Leith, Sunday Telegraph"'As booksellers, we don't need to be convinced of the importance of reading, but Maryanne Wolf's sage book goes far beyond what even we imagined. Wolf... is not content to discuss the cultural significance of reading; she asserts with convincing evidence that this activity has radically changed the very organization of the human brain.' www.barnesandnoble.com"

ISBN: 9781848310308
ISBN-10: 1848310307
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 6th November 2008
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1

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