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4.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive reading..., 2 Oct. 2000
This review is from: Passing for Normal: A Memoir of Compulsion (Paperback)
Amy Wilenski suffers from Tourette's syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and in writing this book she has shared with us her deeply emotional, but often hilarious, experiences with the world. From collecting pennies in jars, to only getting out of bed when the time on the clock ends in an even number, her tale is curiously compulsive itself, always pushing onwards when you imagine that there can be nothing left to tell. Anyone who has ever felt judgemental about people, or felt judged themselves by another, will acknowledge that Wilensky's frank and honest writing is among the most eye-opening you can get. Wilensky's writing style is at times disjointed and although not difficult to read, I found myself frequently having to reread passages to make sense of them - possibly it is just the American speech patterns which clash with my own British way of following words! Still, the book is enormously interesting and heartwarming with it. Wilensky is a perfect example of someone who has used something potentially destructive to her advantage, and I'd like to think that anyone who reads it can learn a little something from her experiences, too.
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