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1.0 out of 5 stars Alastair Campell is a politician, not an author., 16 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: All in the Mind (Hardcover)
Campbell seems to think that because he has experienced the majority of the mental inflictions in his novel, (notoriously, he has suffered from depression, alcoholism, then turned fitness fanatic, and has probably sought some psychiatric help in the past) this novel would be interesting and insightful: it is not. It is banal and boring, when such a novel should be gripping (even if it is trashy), with a sense that Campbell has merely written down all he knows about psychiatry and then patched it together, rather badly. It is poorly written, sometimes embarrassingly so, has an incongruent climax, and, most disappointingly, lacks any true insight of the human condition. In fact, the best thing about this novel is the design on the cover, but in this instance, I really would stick to the rule: do not judge a book by its cover. Once you open it, it's downhill from there.
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Initial post: 18 Apr 2009 00:38:29 BDT
Absolutely agree. It's not only boring, but primitive, banal, trite, superficial, poorly written and overly dependent upon tabloid style journalism. It's totally lacking in any analytical qualities or real insight into the psychological makeup of his imaginary patients, and nor does he fare much better in addressing his own psychological baggage. Depsite the fact that it is a novel, I was nevertheless struck by the total absence of therapeutic boundaries in any of his therapist-patient relationships.
He is indeed a politician and his skills most definitely do not extend to writing novels.
What sounded quite a promising book turned out to be very disappointing indeed.
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