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I love this. There were some dodgy moments
on 2 November 2016
I love this. There were some dodgy moments. An editing occasion (?) to do with eyelids I seem to remember, and yet again an anal rape scene, which Foulds also included in 'The Broken Word' (also excellent). Everything apart from those things, which seemed odd and fetishised - absolutely marvellous. A moving sense of Clare, that sense of isolation mental illness brings even now but million-fold because of the barbaric treatment. The way the book shifts between his heaven of writing and living and being around people, and the confinement of asylum and not being able to escape the difficulties of his own mind. The simultaneous freedom and dark torture of his own intensity. If you suffer with any of the same things and are a writer, you will kid yourself you know Clare a little better and suffer a few of the same things and so you cry a bit.That's all good. Helps us write. Splendid.