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Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania Hardcover – 1 Feb 2002


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (1 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375503587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375503580
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.9 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 809,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Behrman writes so vividly that his turbulent mood swings are brought to the page unnervingly intact…This true story is remarkable" -- The Times

"Behrman’s chronicle of his descent into madness reads like a kind of rake’s progress for the late 20th century" -- Esquire

"Electroboy is the story of a very modern lost soul" -- Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Electroboy is like a non-fiction version of American Psycho…His life is a metaphor for the ‘80s – everything is overblown and out of control. But Electroboy is also a sensitive account of manic depression – medication, analysis, an obsession with suicide and, finally, electric shock treatment. This fusion is pure genius." Dazed & Confused

"Andy Behrman’s Electroboy truly is an astonishing piece of writing…That it really happened to the author is, quite frankly, astounding, tragic and hilarious by turns…even sober and sane he is totally outrageous…He makes Elizabeth Wurtzel, America’s queen of drugs and depression, look like Mary Poppins" Sunday Express --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
`Electroboy' is the memoir of Andy Behrman: a PR man; an art fraudster; a habitual drug user; a man who is hyper-sexual and who has bi-polar disorder. The book follows him from his childhood through to adulthood and through misdiagnosis from seven psychiatrists. In his thirties, almost all drug combinations having failed, Behrman has electroconvulsive therapy (considered by most to be a last resort) and gradually begins to feel he is regaining some control.

This an incredible book, not least because it's written as if he is manic: darting from one thing to another, cramming in as many experiences and sensations as he can. At times, reading this book can be exhausting but it is an incredible story and at times extremely funny. If you're easily offended then it might not be one for you (there's plenty of detail about experiences with drugs and prostitutes in this book) but otherwise, it's highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Driver on 7 April 2009
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An amazing read. Great insight into a type of mindset that society so often closes out, forgets about. We should embrace people with more equality. This book really shows what it's like to deal with Bipolar Disorder. It has really educated me and a recommend it to anyone with even the slightest interest in this topic area.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By melita on 15 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed it and red it in a day which is quite unusual for me.
Basically it opened my eyes to this terrible illness that plays tricks on people and eats away at their integrity. Very complex illness and difficult to understand I never realised just how disabling it is.
The stigma associated with mental illness is often very damaging to people that struggle and didn't ask to have a mental illness.
Thank you, Andy Behrman for sharing your personal story and raising awareness about bipolar disorder.
M
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on 18 Mar. 2002
Format: Hardcover
For most of his life Andy has hidden his raging mania under a larger-than-life personality until he turns to art forgery. Then he became the subject of a New York scandal, jail & house arrest until, finally, when he knows he can no longer control himself, he opts for electroconvulsive therapy.
Andy Behrman, inspite of his mental illness, has written an engaging & exhausting, hilarious & horrifying memoir of where he came from, how it all started & what happened. How he moved from authentic into full throttle forgery - both in the field of his art dealing &, as the disease overwhelms him, in his life.
His monumental To Do List is a sign of things to come!
ELECTROBOY is a bit longer than needed. No excuses for the turmoil that tumbles out! You will find yourself holding your breath & then squeaking with relief tinged with chuckles. On & on he goes, round & round he swirls on highs so high he's looking down at the sky & then, in a blink, he's so at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, he can't see daylight.
Extra-ordinary, & a thought-provoking, memorable read! I will not look at my life the same way again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stuart on 4 July 2011
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For the last couple of months I have been reading the Modern Library's top 100 books of the 20th century. I've taken a break from those books to read this one and the contrast is amazing. This book is full of interesting things. It's much more modern than the books I was reading before with much more colourful language and subject matter.

Definitely worth reading if you want something fast-paced.
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