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Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania Paperback – 1 Feb 2003
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"Behrman writes so vividly that his turbulent mood swings are brought to the page unnervingly intact
This true story is remarkable" -- The Times
"Electroboy is the story of a very modern lost soul" -- Sunday Telegraph
...a humbling and, in the end, rather uplifting read -- Melanie McGrath in The Evening Standard
...his tales of drugs, sex'n'spending sprees are as fascinating and as repellent as a road accident -- The Face
Behrman's chronicle of his descent into madness reads like a kind of Rake's Progress for the late 20th century -- Matt Seaton in Esquire Magazine
The book...is compulsively readable...Electroboy is the story of a very modern lost soul -- Anthony Daniels in the Sunday Telegraph
This true story is remarkable. -- Jerome Boyd Maunsell in The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Electroboy is like a non-fiction version of American Psycho His life is a metaphor for the 80s everything is overblown and out of control. But Electroboy is also a sensitive account of manic depression medication, analysis, an obsession with suicide and, finally, electric shock treatment. This fusion is pure genius." Dazed & Confused
"Andy Behrmans Electroboy truly is an astonishing piece of writing That it really happened to the author is, quite frankly, astounding, tragic and hilarious by turns even sober and sane he is totally outrageous He makes Elizabeth Wurtzel, Americas queen of drugs and depression, look like Mary Poppins" Sunday Express --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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This an incredible book, not least because it's written as if he is manic: darting from one thing to another, cramming in as many experiences and sensations as he can. At times, reading this book can be exhausting but it is an incredible story and at times extremely funny. If you're easily offended then it might not be one for you (there's plenty of detail about experiences with drugs and prostitutes in this book) but otherwise, it's highly recommended.
Basically it opened my eyes to this terrible illness that plays tricks on people and eats away at their integrity. Very complex illness and difficult to understand I never realised just how disabling it is.
The stigma associated with mental illness is often very damaging to people that struggle and didn't ask to have a mental illness.
Thank you, Andy Behrman for sharing your personal story and raising awareness about bipolar disorder.
Andy Behrman, inspite of his mental illness, has written an engaging & exhausting, hilarious & horrifying memoir of where he came from, how it all started & what happened. How he moved from authentic into full throttle forgery - both in the field of his art dealing &, as the disease overwhelms him, in his life.
His monumental To Do List is a sign of things to come!
ELECTROBOY is a bit longer than needed. No excuses for the turmoil that tumbles out! You will find yourself holding your breath & then squeaking with relief tinged with chuckles. On & on he goes, round & round he swirls on highs so high he's looking down at the sky & then, in a blink, he's so at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, he can't see daylight.
Extra-ordinary, & a thought-provoking, memorable read! I will not look at my life the same way again!
Definitely worth reading if you want something fast-paced.
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Definitely a mind opener for those of you who are curious about Mania.