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A truly memorable journey,
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This review is from: Surviving Schizophrenia: A Memoir (Kindle Edition)This is one of the most remarkable books I've ever read. I don't make that statement lightly and I've read thousands of books! The author takes us on a journey through her life. It's a life full of disconnect. It's a story of family dysfunction. It's an ordinary life made extraordinary by fragile mental health. It's remarkable because the author manages to involve the reader in the detail of her day to day actions and plans. Much of this would normally be mundane, but the narrative is lively and concise. Louise may believe that she lacked social skills but she's sharply observational and there are many very simple, but profound throw away lines. She is a skilled and dispassionate observer.
This is a story about many lost years. It's an appalling indictment of the health care offered to an individual who clearly needed different and better treatment options. It's a tale of hope and above all, profound self belief. Whilst most of us struggle at times to motivate ourselves to do things, the mountains presented here pale by comparison.
There is no wallowing in self misery or complaint. There are good times as well as bad and overall, it's a book about triumph. I was hooked right from the first page and hope we'll see more from a writer with a genuine gift for words and storytelling.