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It's well written and a good accurate account of depression but the author is intensely ...
on 24 October 2014
I've got halfway through this book and I cannot read any further.
It's well written and a good accurate account of depression but the author is intensely unlikable. I understand that this is a personal issue and not one that other reviewers have found, there are plenty of 5 star reviews.
The author is extremely privileged to an unbelievable degree, not only in wealth, background and education but also in her incredibly supportive, seemingly endless, stream of family, friends, psychiatrists, nanny's, employers, au pairs... which is hardly grounds for disliking her but I think if I had read this when I was mid my post natal depression it would have made me feel an awful lot worse.
However being in this fortunate position seemed to give Rachel the chance to deeply analyse each feeling and aspect of her depression to a fascinating degree, and it's clear that she was very unwell, it was just unbearably irritating for me to read and some of her behaviour was very indulgent and I just couldn't identify or empathise with her, which is a shame because I would have liked to warm to her more.
It's very possible that things improve in the latter half of the book, and that the above issues are mine alone, but I would have hated to read this when I was unwell so I thought it was worth adding my review.