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After hearing rave reviews on NPR, I was excited to have a chance to read this book. It didn't feel as personal and as unique of a look into the mind of a schizophrenic and or individual highly influenced by being brought up by one as I anticipated. Although, Mira did go into detail about many experiences she had with her mother, I still felt like I needed to hear more in order to have a well rounded view of their relationship and the disease. I am not sure what else to say, other than it felt like she was holding back, and I gathered/felt how disconnected she was from her mother more than anything else.
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I wanted to like this book more, but it was difficult. It's almost as if writing as an art form is the wrong medium for a "memory palace". A visual expression would be more suited - perhaps a construction or installation of some kind. Bartok's emphasis, bordering on obsession, with objects and their description, became tiresome after a while, and I kept wanting to get back to what I thought was the real story - the untreated schizophrenic mother and her two daughters and how they dealt with this situation.
It's a sad commentary, though, on the dilemma centering on mental illness and how our institutions treat those afflicted. There is such a taboo on involuntary hospitalization, and perhaps that is as it should be. No official authority should take away a person's liberty, even if that person is ill. The only constraints are if that person becomes a danger to oneself and/or others. But many who could benefit from treatment never admit they are ill, nor do they receive any treatment, and continue to make life a living hell for their families.
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