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And Then I Thought I Was a Fish [Kindle Edition]

Peter Welch
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

IDENTIFYING INFORMATION: Peter Hunt Welch is a 20-year-old single Caucasian male who was residing in Bar Harbor, Maine this summer. He is a University of Maine at Orono student with no prior psychiatric history, who was admitted to the Acadia Hospital on an involuntary basis due to an acute level of confusion and disorganization, both behaviorally and cognitively. He was evaluated at MDI and was transferred from that facility due to psychosis, impulse thoughts, delusions, and disorientation. He was felt to be a risk to himself and others due to his high level of disorganization and disorientation and impulsivity. He did not know where he was. He believed that he had murdered his friend by sucking out his soul. The patient was also reporting, upon admission, that he could see, smell, hear and touch God. She as an acid smoky smell. Patient is an unreliable historian. He initially denied any alcohol or drug use, but later on admitted to having had LSD on several occasions. He also acknowledged the use of heroin, crack, cocaine, mushrooms, ecstasy, speed, etc. Just prior to his admission to Acadia Hospital, he had been displaying markedly abnormal behavior with confusion, illogical statements, and appearing disoriented, and as if walking in a daze.

This is the story of why someone wrote that.


Product Details

  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 12by3 Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DZEWF8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Hilarious June 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm writing this review under the assumption that this book is either the same as or very similar to that which the author posted in installments on his website under the title "The Episode." I don't own a Kindle, but upon seeing that this work had not been reviewed yet, I decided I needed to give it the attention it deserves. This is a story about life, and what I believe is a true look at life from an entirely warped perspective. It offers the fascinating first-hand perspective of a sane person reflecting on his own experiences as an insane person. Please know that I mean insane in the most literal, definitive sense, as this story provided me with a new and rich understanding of the term.

While the events that took in the story place may be the result of carelessness, the author is no fool. Without reading it, some would find it easy to dismiss this as the work of a drug addled dilettante. I assure you it is not. The writing is somewhere between David Foster Wallace (I hesitated to write that, but I wrote it) and Maddox (of "The Best Page in the Universe"). It is both serious and hilarious. It's nuanced and chaotic. It is extremely entertaining.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clever and insightful first-hand account of psychosis October 13, 2012
By David
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Excellent writing style, with dry humour and intelligent comments, and Welch comes across as being a very balanced writer who doesn't try to justify the stupidity which led to his misadventure. Reading his work gives a clever and insightful look into the mind of someone suffering from psychosis, and documents his descent into it very well indeed.

The author originally posted this story online, in full. I was fascinated to read it. Seeing it in eBook form is great.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, really good December 10, 2012
By Frank
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is impossible to put down once you start. I think it took me all of 4 subway trips to finish it, and not because it's simple, easy or light. In fact, it's pretty heavy at times. But it's also funny, friendly and wildly entertaining. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cautionary...sorta December 2, 2012
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Speaking as someone who's never downed a substance more mind-altering than a Tylenol 3, I found Peter Welch's account of his misstep into madness both revelatory and gripping. Descriptions of his disrupted thought processes and behaviors throughout the fateful LSD trip and his subsequent psychosis were extraordinarily well rendered and somewhat disturbing, despite Mr. Wlelch's generous use of humorous asides and cleverly conceived phrases.

I celebrate his recovery and encourage him to continue writing. He certainly has the wit, as well as the writing skill to become a very successful author. Read this and see for yourself!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting AND hysterical. June 28, 2012
By Jake
Format:Kindle Edition
I backed this project on Kickstarter and read the eBook. I paid $35 for it and don't regret it for a second! Definitely worth a read!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only review you need. July 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The story that Mr. Welch has woven here is entirely true, which makes some of the events even more distubing. I can't stress how entertaining this story is, you will laugh, you will feel horrible for laughing, and you will laugh again. In the end you may even learn a thing or two, not just about Mr. Welch, but about yourself as well. I highly reccomend you read this book as soon as you can, keeping in mind you will not want to set it down until you have finished, and possibly not even then. I for one, am looking forward to what ever the author writes next.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bigger than a fish December 26, 2012
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This journey through Peter's experience with LSD and his following vacation from reality was greatly entertaining. Having played with the psychedelic in my youth it was easy to be in the story. But even if you haven't tripped before, he did a great job at describing it. This is not a book promoting drug use, in fact, if you read it, it will have quite the opposite effect. Sure made me feel lucky that I skated through that phase without some institutionalization.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than I Bargained For May 3, 2014
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I bought this book because 1)I read an essay yesterday by Peter Welch which was one of the greatest things I had ever read and felt the need to suppot the author with more than a micro donation. 2)I thought it would be as amusing as what I had just read 3)It sounded interesting. It is brilliantly written. I am not even done yet and I willing to bet that it will be one of my favorite reads ever and that I will not have to chuck it across the room when I am done as I have been known to do with a bad book when I am done (I have to be careful as my Galaxy Tab would not fair as well as my trade paperback of Sphere by Michael Chrichton did...but I digress). I do have a certain sick feeling about experiencing schadenfreude in regards to the experiences of Mr. Welch. I have been writhing with horror, facination and glee all at the same time. I have alway had an existential fear of losing my grip on reality; This book isn't helping that one bit. I am going to go finish it now.

Update:
Finished it...I did NOT throw it across the room.

I want him to keep writing. He has a website [...] . He recently wrote about Computer Programming in the most entertaining and truthful manner I have ever read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting story.
Published 1 month ago by Shannon
2.0 out of 5 stars At first it was nice reading about life experiences quite different...
Bought the book because an excerpt grabbed my attention. At first it was nice reading about life experiences quite different from my own, but I got bored reading about his drug... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alan S
4.0 out of 5 stars Craziness explained
I read this book just after finishing Eckhart Tolle Power of Now and it resonated heavily. I chuckled in many moments and noted many greatly humorous sentences. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DH
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money!!! Couldn't even finish it!
This story was boring! I admit, it had a few chapters that made me chuckle, but for the most part I had a hard time following his ramblings. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anne P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Unique and fascinating voyage inside the head of a guy who becomes (really) crazy after LSD abuse.
Published 3 months ago by arytbk
5.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate, intelligent, and humorous writing about a tough subject
I picked up this book somewhat randomly after reading a couple of entries on Peter's blog, and might not have given it a chance if the Kindle version wasn't priced so low. Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. Marlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Eloquent and moving
This is a book that will be in my mind for a long time.

Welch's account is as honest as he can make it, heartfelt, and moving. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dan Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping and Insightful Narrative into the Methods of Madness
I had so many thoughts & feelings as I read this book that I'm not quite sure how to approach reviewing it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and hilarious account of a psychotic break.
Interesting and hilarious account of a psychotic break. Assuming he means what he writes, this is pretty informative on what it's like to lose your grip on reality.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Insightful Narration
Peter Welch provides a vivid, well-written recount of an incredible, unique experience (though one which I do not envy). Read more
Published 5 months ago by John R.
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