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on 9 January 2011
I had high expectations of this book, wanting to be fascinated and educated further on living with mental illness from the perspective of one who had experienced it, and gone on to live a life. John O'Donoghue is clearly a survivor and does not fall into the trap of sensationalising his experiences or relying on self pity to promote his story.
However, I felt the book needed more reflection about how situations affected him, how he felt- it was very factual a narrative. It jumped around from event to event. There was little focus on exploring his actual emotions relating to what he was going through. Similarly,I felt indifferent to each of the characters and his relationships with them .The factual narrative did not inspire an ounce of empathy in me. Thus, I could not empathise with the subject or really care what was going on for any of the characters. The lack of reflection and insight made me struggle to be bothered to complete the book.
Very disappointing
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