An exploration of the mind of the 'mad'. Charles Watkins, a professor at Cambridge suffers a mental breakdown and finds himself in hospital; but he can't name himself or tell how he got there. A series of letters written by the doctors, who put Watkins of increasingly strong medicines and controversial treatments, and Watkins's relatives … Continue reading Briefing for a descent into hell – Doris Lessing
I read The Bell Jar last week. While it's relatively short read it covers a lot of ground looking at mental illness, in particular depression, youth and growing up, and womanhood. It's a meaningful book and very relatable (at least for me, a woman in my early twenties!). Some of the book is quite shocking, … Continue reading The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
An intensely captivating novel that takes you through Cahalan's 'month of madness'. She was a victim of a rare disease called anti-NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis which causes seizures, memory loss, psychosis amongst other terrifying symptoms and the book recounts her experience of the disease - a lot of which came from videos of her in hospital … Continue reading Brain on Fire; My Month of Madness – Susannah Cahalan
I read this short story a while ago and the storyline has been in my mind ever since. Lessing presents what at first seems like familial bliss between a couple, Harriet and David, but below which lurk hidden weaknesses and prejudices. The story culminates in disaster, and the slow descent into misery and hatred following, … Continue reading The Fifth Child – Doris Lessing (new obsession)
Please excuse my recent absence from the blogging world - I've been adventuring around southern Chile on a bicycle without much/any wifi, and as little time to read! I've been indulging in quick thrillers to pass the time - cycling all day is not conducive to reading difficult books in the evening and I've gone … Continue reading Hello, again!
Just come across this list of Latin American books to read - I've read a few of them, but not all! How about you - any books missing on the list you'd recommend? http://www.latintimes.com/top-20-latin-american-books-read-you-die-photos-133218