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The Minds of Billy Milligan
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2003
From the moment I opened the first page, I was gripped by the life of Billy Milligan. This book fantistically captures the experience and emotion in Billys life. From the abuse he encountered from his step father, to the crimes committed by his personalities, which led to his amazing trial and subsequent treatment. The author writes in a way which helps you understand and learn about each of Billys personalities from the wonderful boy Danny, to the "undesirables" bansished by Arthur. Each personality having its own name, weight and characteristics, from men to women, to adults to small children. It seems that this illness still brings out a lot of ignorance in people (as shown by Billys time in Lima Hospital)but with the help of books like this, maybe we all can learn to understand a little more. This book brought out many emotions, from tears, anger and frustration in me (and I wasn't even there!). This was my first real insight into multiple personality and how it affects not only the individual, but everybody around them. My only dissapointment in this book was that as soon as I finished it, I went on the net to find out more about Billy, to find out that a sequel has been written called the Milligan Wars (published in Japan) but not due to be published in America until the film The Crowded Room (based on the Mind of Billy Milligan) was released. Sadly after some investigation it looks like the film script has been left on a shelve to collect dust, and perhaps none of us will ever learn what happened next (unless we learn to speak Japanese. Still with this dissapointment I have to say that this book is amazing and highly recommended to anybody. Just be warned - its difficult to put down.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2001
Meet Billy Milligan. But who is he? The man with 24 distinct personalities. Meet Arthur the Englishman, Ragen the keeper of hate, and ultimately The Teacher - the "fusion" of all Billy's personalities. All these personalities began to be discovered after Billy was arrested for the kidnap and rape of 3 women, crimes for which he was acquitted by reason of insanity caused by the mulitple personalities. It is a heart-rendering exploration of the fragileness of the human mind.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2004
I had read Sybil and wanted to read some other 'autobiographical' books on DID. When i read the synopsis and discovered Billy was trialed for rape, i admit, i was uneasy about begining this book.
However, my suspicions soon vanished and i became embroiled in Billy's world.
This is superbly written, appears factual yet conveys real emotion. At times, i would be reading and wiping the tears from my cheeks, or quietly muttering at the unfairness of people who pull the financial strings in hospital/judicial settings.
No doubt there are people out there who will say the book and its writings are a ruse to deflect the seriousness of the sex offence, but I for one, believe what is written.
It is thought provoking, powerful and a must for anyone who is interested in DID.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2012
This is a tough relentless read. The violence by a mother towards her small son seems unbelievable - but it is true. I know it is true. I came to this book after reading Today I'm Alice and, between them, they provide a good perspective on family breakdown and how the authorities would generally rather turn a blind eye than involve themselves in child abuse. It says something about us as a society - Alice in the UK, Billy in the US, both suffered in a way that no child should ever suffer and both could have been saved - Billy by his own father, Alice by her mother. Please read these two books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2010
This is a must read if you would love to get in the heads of people to see what makes them tick. It keeps you interested the whole way through and at times makes you wonder if you are sane yourself. An awesome book and well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2013
I read this book years ago. Its mad that multi personalities can come through one person . . glad that its not me, thats for sure, don't know how i would handle being so many different people . . LOL . . Well worth reading even if its only to get a glimpse of how life is for people with mental disorders . . . maybe we could understand them a bit more and not be so judgemental . . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2011
I won't repeat the reviews others wrote about the actual substance, only say that I loved this book, I couldn't believe that it was not pure fiction, the story was so exciting and filled with action and emotions. Familiarising oneself with DID on the side is an absolute bonus treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2010
The book arrived in the condition specified - used with yellowing pages but in otherwise good condition. It was well packaged. The book itself is great - I had to get it online as it has gone out of print and I couldn't wait to read it! Very happy customer.
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on 13 July 2015
This is a very interesting read. It's my best read at the moment. This was a famous case in America and contains some controversy that still exists in other cases like this for all countries and probably always will. I am careful not to say too much if you choose to read it. It's also an interesting case for scientists interested in the field of what in us causes certain brain waves and that cases like this and others may get a clearer picture for neurologists on many levels about personality and the ways it's displayed.
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on 30 August 2013
liked this book. kept my interest all the way through . would recommend this book to anyone as a very enlightening read
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