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A clever liar or a young man with 24 personalities
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.