||A grief observed -- A thousand red butterflies -- Into the labyrinth.
||"When celebrated neuropsychologist Paul Broks's wife died of cancer, it sparked a journey of grief and reflection that traced a lifelong attempt to understand how the brain gives rise to the soul. The result of that journey is a gorgeous, evocative meditation on fate, death, consciousness, and what it means to be human. The Darker the Night, The Brighter the Stars weaves a scientist's understanding of the mind - its logic, its nuance, how we think about what makes a person - with a poet's approach to humanity, that crucial and ever-elusive why. It's a story that unfolds through the centuries, along the path of humankind's constant quest to discover what makes us human, and the answers that consistently slip out of our grasp. It's modern medicine and psychology and ancient tales; history and myth combined; fiction and the stranger truth. But, most importantly, it's Broks' story, grounded in his own most fascinating cases as a clinician--patients with brain injuries that revealed something fundamental about the link between the raw stuff of our bodies and brains and the ineffable selves we take for who we are. Tracing a loose arc of loss, acceptance, and renewal, he unfolds striking, imaginative stories of everything from Schopenhauer to the Greek philosophers to jazz guitarist Pat Martino in order to sketch a multifaceted view of humanness that is as heartbreaking at it is affirming"-- Provided by publisher.
||"A personal and profound book on the mysteries at the core of our humanness by an acclaimed neuropsychologist, as ambitious as it is timely"-- Provided by publisher.
|General note||"Originally published in hardcover in Great Britain by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Press, a division of Penguin Random House, Ltd., London, in 2018."|
|Bibliography note||Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-316).|
|Issued in other form||Online version: Broks, Paul. Darker the night, the brighter the stars. New York : Crown, 2018 9780307985804|
|ISBN||9780307985811 (trade paperback)|
|ISBN||0307985814 (trade paperback)|