Travel Reads [The Shock of the Fall]
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Loved this book. Loved everything about it. Maybe because I like to read about mental illness, I'm not sure (I do have a Psychology degree). But I love how the story unfolds, I loved how the author chose to differentiate the schizophrenic voices and I really felt the pain and suffering that the main character and his family were experiencing. The story is a very sad one but I think the topics that the author explores are important to bring to light.
I recently read another book about an author's own mental illness and was a little annoyed by it because it almost just sounded whiny. But this mental illness story is far from that. The Shock of the Fall is about a person who is unable to live a "normal" life because of his illness and about his family who struggles to deal with the problems that his mental illness brings to every day life. It is a true struggle. The child is schizophrenic and his mother just tries to protect him. But all of her energy spent just makes her exhausted and therefore reliant on anxiety meds. The father just struggles to keep his family together. Add a death of a child into the mix and you have a family who is going through some serious stuff. But that's just the secondary story. The main character, Matt, brings you through his mental illness, literally. The author narrates the story through different aspects of Matt's schizophrenia and it is such an eye opener to experience his illness.
But I will say this again, the way the story is written and delivered is very clever and I really fell into it. I almost read the whole thing on my flight from London to Dallas a couple of weeks ago.....and let me tell you, flying 9 hours during the day is nerve racking and I needed something to keep my mind off of my imminent death (I'm very dramatic about flying). The Shock of the Fall did the trick!!
Have you read The Shock of the Fall?? Please tell me what you thought! I am a terrible book reviewer but I love to talk to people about books :)