A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise

A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise

A True Story About Schizophrenia

Book - 2018 | First Scribner hardcover edition.
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Sandra Allen did not know her uncle Bob very well. As a child, she had been told he was "crazy," that he had spent time in mental hospitals while growing up in Berkeley in the 60s and 70s. Then in 2009 Bob mailed her his autobiography. Typewritten in all caps, a stream of error-riddled sentences over sixty, single-spaced pages, the often incomprehensible manuscript proclaimed to be a "true story" about being "labeled a psychotic paranoid schizophrenic," and arrived with a plea to help him get his story out to the world. Here, Allen translates her uncle's autobiography, artfully creating a gripping coming-of-age story while sticking faithfully to the facts as he shared them.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2018.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501134036
Characteristics: vii, 275 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Kind of miraculous paradise
Summary: Sandra Allen did not know her uncle Bob very well. As a child, she had been told he was "crazy," that he had spent time in mental hospitals while growing up in Berkeley in the 60s and 70s. Then in 2009 Bob mailed her his autobiography. Typewritten in all caps, a stream of error-riddled sentences over sixty, single-spaced pages, the often incomprehensible manuscript proclaimed to be a "true story" about being "labeled a psychotic paranoid schizophrenic," and arrived with a plea to help him get his story out to the world. Here, Allen translates her uncle's autobiography, artfully creating a gripping coming-of-age story while sticking faithfully to the facts as he shared them.

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lakinova
May 10, 2018

A moving biography about descent into mental illness told in bizarre language. Edited by Allen, her uncle tells his amazing story. The original text was made of incomprehensible ramblings in a unique style of spellings and grammar. Lots of negative language about race, gender and the word at large. Also personal family history better left alone. In time, she felt compelled to bring his story to the public. Allen, who had moved to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa’s creative-nonfiction writing program felt compelled after a phone call with her uncle to help tell his story. From the original contact to the publication's release nearly a decade passed. As she edited his writing, with each rewrite Allen became more engaged with her uncle’s manuscript and his life and by extent ion her own family history. Allen parallels the state of mental-health care in America at that time as he underwent treatment for schizophrenia beautifully in the context of his life story. Allen offers readers an incredible first hand account of life of a person battling with schizophrenia. This is her first book.

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May 12, 2018

lakinova thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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