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Book Title: Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain|
The author of the book: Michael Paterniti
Date of issue: July 11th 2000
ISBN 13: 9780385333009
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.58 MB
Edition: Dial Press
Read full description of the books Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain:I read this entire book thinking it was fiction! I just realized it is a true story.
Wow. Well, how I write the review is now going to be a little bit different.
The author took a road trip across the USA in the 90's with Einstein's brain in Tupperware in the trunk. I thought it would be a humorous book (see, I thought it was fiction!) but it's actually a relatively slow-paced story about a rather emo guy chauffeuring an old guy (former pathologist) across the states to give the brain to Einstein's granddaughter.
Now that I know these are true people in this story, I'm blown away. Okay, they really did go see William Burroughs in Lawrence, KS! And I'm so glad the redheaded Sara with green eyes really exists. I'm still trying to process the fact that these are real people in the book. This also means the creepy Hollywood lawyer for dead star's likenesses really exists. Yikes.
It's amazing that everyone seemed to know that Dr. Thomas Harvey kept Einstein's brain in his basement for 40 some years and no one really did anything about it. He hadn't broken any laws. He was the guy that did the autopsy on Einstein. Wow. And he is quite a character. (Apparently, not a made up character.) He is hard to figure out. A lot is going on up there in his head. His conversations often make no sense but he seems to be in his right mind. The author, Michael Paterniti, loses patience with him and his odd way of communicating at times, but he toughs it out because, after all, this is really interesting. This is a road trip we would all do if we had the chance, eccentric character be damned.
So! Not the book I was expecting. Still interesting as a road trip novel, circa 1998. It's not edge of your seat exciting, but that's okay once you settle into the pace.
Read information about the authorMichael Paterniti won the 1998 National Magazine Award for his article "Driving Mr. Albert," which was first published in Harper's Magazine. A former executive editor of Outside, his work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Details, and Esquire, where he is writer-at-large. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife and son.
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