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5.0 out of 5 stars Insanity and clarity
The schizophrenic narrator of "All Dogs are Blue" spends most of the novel in a Rio de Janeiro mental hospital: heavily medicated, and relying on his imaginary friends Rimbaud and Baudelaire for company. At one point the narrator says 'schizophrenics with delusional disorder have no words' and at another 'you shouldn't write about asylum life'; however, this latter...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Life in a Rio Asylum
I didn't enjoy this book; it's not really a novel - more a slightly fictionalised auto-biography. There's a certain amount of interest in being a fly on the wall of the asylum, and watching the brutal life of the inmates - fighting each other, sedation by the nurses and interviews by the cops. The internal thoughts of the narrator (the endless delusions relating to...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insanity and clarity, 24 July 2013
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Eleanor (Oxford, England) - See all my reviews
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The schizophrenic narrator of "All Dogs are Blue" spends most of the novel in a Rio de Janeiro mental hospital: heavily medicated, and relying on his imaginary friends Rimbaud and Baudelaire for company. At one point the narrator says 'schizophrenics with delusional disorder have no words' and at another 'you shouldn't write about asylum life'; however, this latter statement is immediately qualified:

"No. Everyone has an asylum nearby. Either your handbag is an asylum, or your home, or even your wallet. Lots of things can be an asylum. I'm not talking about untidiness. I'm talking about real asylums."

Rodriguo de Souza Lećo, who died in 2009, himself had schizophrenia and he has used his experiences to create a novel both depressing and mordantly funny. The narrator can talk about his madness sanely and it is this combination of delusion and clarity that makes "All Dogs are Blue" such an interesting and satisfying read. There is a lot going on and I think this is a book that will bear frequent re-reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a tale of madness, 19 Aug 2013
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Mr. Robert Marsland (Glasgow) - See all my reviews
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Written by a psychiatric patient who subsequently died not long after its publication, all dogs are blue is notionally about a stay in a mental asylum, where the protagonist is kept company by his imaginary friends Rimbaud and Baudelaire. At times quite funny it gives insight into a schizophrenic's strange world and as a result comes across as disjointed and surreal. Not brilliant as the blurb on the book suggests but really quite enjoyable nonetheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars insight into another mind, 31 July 2013
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This was a really interesting book, unlike anything I have read before. By the end I felt like I knew and understood what it was like to be someone with schizophrenia. In reply to the reviewer who commented that it is hard to tell what is real and what is imagined, I'd say it is all very real for the narrator - often confusingly, terrifyingly so. The writing is beautiful and vivid.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Life in a Rio Asylum, 24 July 2013
This review is from: All Dogs Are Blue (Paperback)
I didn't enjoy this book; it's not really a novel - more a slightly fictionalised auto-biography. There's a certain amount of interest in being a fly on the wall of the asylum, and watching the brutal life of the inmates - fighting each other, sedation by the nurses and interviews by the cops. The internal thoughts of the narrator (the endless delusions relating to Rimbaud and Baudelaire and the alternatives of Paracambi (madness) and Caju (death)) are mildly amusing but it's hard to know what is real and what is imagined - which I guess is the point but it doesnt make for easy reading. The ending I thought was nonsensical. I also have a problem with a 90 page book and a cover price of £10.
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