Now this one was a book I picked up one day when amiably walking through Foyles at their Charing Cross branch. I guess the curiosity got the better of me, and before I knew it I was at the till paying for it.
Now I will be frank, it is not the most easiest of reads to get through. It definitely is one to come to read a bit at a time and have some time out from. Truth be told, probably one of the hardest books that i’ve pushed myself through. But nonetheless it is a worthwhile read. Indeed, this is such a fascinating book that shows how one man came from the other side of what we would deem ‘sanity’ and back again, and so on and so forth. Schreber writes his most deepest and inner most thoughts, and as you read you see how intricately and detailed he speaks of his lucid and interrupted states.
If you’ve had an interest in psychosis and psychiatry then this is something to seriously consider. However, do be warned, it is not for the faint hearted, and, as mentioned previously, it is one I found myself struggling to read at times. But if you want to venture in a safe way to the other side, to try an comprehend what it may be like, then it will give you a deeper sense of how we should not judge those with mental illness. Indeed it’s an illness that can afflict us, and silently strike one down. Indeed, as once commented by Ruby Wax on TED, it’s one surrounded with much taboo and one where people don’t bring you flowers, cards and say get well soon; and instead say in a judgemental tone, ‘snap out of it!’ – as if that’s gonna cure you.
So a great book if you want to become more enlightened and challenge your preconceptions and misconceptions on this very sensitive and polarised subject.