Schizophrenia Memoir


"Well, so here I am in a mental hospital. It took
a while for it to sink in. In a way, I knew it all
along. Simon and my father had talked about it
and I had been able to pick up on some of what
they were saying. The nurses and orderlies, the
little room, the needles in the ass, it all added
up: a mental hospital. It took a while before I
was able to pay much attention to the fact. I
was taken up with voices, visions and all. I
vaguely knew I was in a mental hospital but
it wasn't any different from being anywhere
else. Where I was was beside the point.

Little by little, with the help of massive doses
of Thorazine in the ass and in my milkshakes
(which was all they could get me to eat), little
by little it started mattering to me where I was
and what was going on."

The above is an excerpt from one of the few
nonfiction, first person accounts of schizophrenia;
and it is widely regarded as the best.

The book is The Eden Express.  Its author,
Mark Vonnegut, can grab the reader's attention,
boggling and bending his mind to the point that
the strange and unfamiliar suddenly makes a
whole lot of sense.

Mark may have inherited this skill from his
father, counter-culture hero Kurt Vonnegut.

Approximately 2 million Americans suffer from
schizophrenia, and unless we are close to any of
these individuals, their experiences and challenges
are almost impossible to comprehend.

The Eden Express provides a glimpse of their

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