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The author is a terrible narrator and should not have decided to read it himself. He speaks in a flat monotone throughout the book and does nothing to make the repeating and fairly identical episodes of his breakdowns differ from each other. He also comes across as a selfish jerk who is too quick to forgive himself for making the same mistakes that result in another bipolar episode. I frequently read books about people with mental illness, but this was the worst one I've read and totally lacked any clarity.
I don’t think this is a book that you like or don’t like, but it is one that we should read. It’s one of those real stories with living and breathing human beings who are still existing, and living right now. It’s yet a story in progress. As a teacher retired from the Wichita school system, and having been a teacher of students with special needs, I understood the Bird’s work and the special person she is to take on these ‘incorrigible’ students, and could see how this strong and unique ability translated into the strength it took to support her bi-polar son. She represents true grit in her unquestionable love, and a unique talent for meeting her students where they are and with what they need. These skills translate to the determination and fortitude that she has instilled in her son. An autobiography of this nature is always best read by the author, and Gorilla does justice in narrating his Tory. It’s solid writing in the first person, about a difficult disease which has no cure. The conclusion left me on tenterhooks because it’s not conclusive. There is a lot more of the author’s story to come, and one can only hope and pray for the best for him.
The description of Gorilla and Bird’s relatives was spot on, but only for a limited portion of Wichita. The image of Wichita was difficult for me because my experiences, friends, and relatives are not those iterated in the book. However, just like any city, the population definitely runs the gamut of the alphabet from A to Z. While I would like to see a better image of Wichita presented, I acknowledge this particular set of Wichitans does exist and thrive here.
I do recommend this book, and hope that people read it with an open mind and an open heart. It’s a terrible disease that one must continually monitor in order to thrive, and for the Gorilla, there’s a lot of life left to live.