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Coming of age
on 25 October 2007
No book on first reading has ever hit me with the force of this one.
Some of the content I don't buy: the focus on madness as a positive journey and the de-emphasis on inborn factors that may lead to "schizophrenia".
But as an example of compelling writing, of a writer putting his heart into his work, I don't know of any rival to this book.
But there's a lot more than writing style here. This is one of the strongest challenges to us "normal" folk about the potential we may have tossed away in exchange for a fit in our troubled society.
This isn't a book that tells us what to do or that sells some old tradition. This is a book that tells us how it seems ... to someone uniquely qualified and extraordinarily concerned about our well-being.
Laing was a great gift to the world and this is his greatest book.