Madness: A Memoir by Kate Richards is an astonishingly honest journey through her mind and through her madness. I am in awe of her ability to tell her story in such a way that we become part of the roller coaster ride within her mind. Thank you Ms Richards.
Map of the Invisible World by Tash Aw is a sad and haunting tale of brothers torn apart to live separate lives. One quote that sticks in my mind is when the younger brother is describing the loss of his older brother: “When someone is there next to you every second of the day and night their sudden absence does not cause pain, it creates a vacuum, an emptiness with which you have to live every day thereafter. So it is not painful; it is worse than pain” (page 308). That resonates with me very much.
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow is a book which I read because of comments written by Christopher Hitchens. Hitchens describes Bellow’s book as a classic, the all American tale, a must read. I’m not an American so it could be cultural disclocation. I liked the book but I found it hard going at times and somewhat unbelieveable that one person could do all those things. Anthing can happen in fiction; I shouldn’t expect it to be reality.