Blue Cats And Chartreuse Kittens: How Synesthetes Color Their Worlds. . – Reviews: PT bookshelf: on children and violence, life and death, synesthetes and more

Blue Cats And Chartreuse Kittens: How Synesthetes Color Their Worlds. . – Reviews: PT bookshelf: on children and violence, life and death, synesthetes and more – book review

Paul Chance

BLUE CATS AND CHARTREUSE KITTENS: HOW SYNESTHETES COLOR THEIR WORLDS W.H. Freeman, $24

When I was a boy, the number five was red and eight was black. Many children sometimes experience a blending of sensations, seeing sounds and hearing colors, for example, but true synesthetes, or people who routinely experience a blending of different sensations, are rare. So are books about them. This one, by synesthete Patricia Duffy, offers few scientific insights but provides a rich panoply of sensory experiences that we can share vicariously.

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