The Man Who Forgot How to Read

The Man Who Forgot How to Read

Book - 2007
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One morning, prolific and bestselling crime novelist Howard Engel awoke to discover he had lost the ability to read. He had experienced a stroke that left him with the rare condition known as alexia sine agraphia--he could write, but as soon as he committed his thoughts to the page, he no longer knew what they were. Other effects of the stroke emerged over time, but none were as dramatic and devastating as this one for a man who made his living working with words.

    The Man Who Forgot How to Read is the warm, insightful and fascinating story of Engel's fight to overcome a condition that threatened to end his career. Engel's remarkable triumph over his affliction--he was finally able to write again and produced another bestselling Benny Cooperman detective novel, Memory Book--will inspire his fans and fascinate anyone interested in the mysteries of the human brain.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780002007146
Branch Call Number: 362 .196 ENG
Characteristics: xv, 157 p. ;,23 cm


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May 23, 2011

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.

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