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Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See (Ala Notable Books for Adults) Paperback – November 12, 2013
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Greyson Todd is plummeting into madness and the reader has a front row seat on three levels. There are three timelines in the narrative as Greyson undergoes twelve 30 second ECT's (electroshock treatments) in a New York psychiatric department. The book is timely because ECT has apparently been re-born and become vogue (with refinements) after the negative history of its treatment. We all remember the movies when the tormented patients would be strapped down to undergo shock treatments and wake up with memory loss and a loss of their former personalities. It was often a complete wipe-out.
During these shock treatments, the reader experiences the intimacies of his marriage to Ellen, his surrender to his well-hidden bipolar disorder when he leaves his family, and destruction of his own father who, most likely, was bipolar. Garey puts us inside of Greyson's mind. I experienced his anguish, his disregard for all that could be sacred to him. As he unravels, his pain is overwhelming and the core of his madness is palpable.
Greyson (a great name) disguised his disorder for years as a rising and successful Hollywood studio executive. He is one smart guy which was evident as a child when his heart broke for his saintly mother and his anger at his destructive father. He would try and pull it together for everyone but in this story, he finally gave in to the agony.Read more ›
Greyson has an obviously failed marriage from his wife Ellen along with an abandoned daughter, named Willa in honor of his mother, who simply wants a Daddy to love her and love him back in return. Before that can become a reality he leaves both of them in a fit of depression where running away to start over seems the only obvious solution to him.
As with real life, everything he holds dear is lost and he cycles through innumerable meaningless love affairs during his manic periods and then makes innumerable suicide attempts at the height of his corresponding depressive episodes. The author does a wonderful job of describing this form of psychotic mental illness that is far more common than most people realize.
The reality is that after years on the run hiding from life and the mental demons that perpetually torture him he is hospitalized after some very bizarre behavior resulting in him receiving ECT [shock therapy] with its typical result of amnesia. The last part of the story deals with his daughter visiting him while he is hospitalized and what transpires between them.Read more ›
This is not just another bipolar story written by an outsider looking in, created to appeal to psychology buffs, or to folks diagnosed with some kind of emotional imbalance du jour, or to those individuals undergoing serious psychological turmoil, or even to the Bildungsroman addicts. No. It is an authentic, startling, and precise story superimposed upon the author Juliann Garey's own personal diagnosis of Bipolar I Disorder.
TOO BRIGHT TO HEAR TOO LOUD TO SEE is a look inside the thought-racing, neuron-ravaged, synapse-tortured mind of her main character, Greyson Todd.
"Little by little, thread by thread, I have been coming untethered. From things. From people. From voices and meaning.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The ups and downs of Greyson's life offer an insight into bipolar disorder I have never read. The character explains how people with mental illness can exist in society very well... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karen Eaton Sumek
The main character in this book is such an unpleasant person that halfway through the book, I just couldn't stand to read anymore. Read morePublished 3 months ago by NFLP
Fantastic book! Highly recommend this book- An engaging read that keeps you up into the wee hours of the night; you just don't want to put it down!!!Published 3 months ago by Theresa A Cincione
I bought this as a gift after reading a magazine article. The giftee has not told what she thought about it. . .Published 4 months ago by Lizzie
Juliann Garey does a tremendous job of making us forget she is a woman writing in a man's voice. While the main character is fairly unlikeable to start, I did find a way to feel... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kim B
I thought it well written - it drew me into the story (as all good books should). I didn't think it necessary to have quite so many episodes of the bi-polar episodes described. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Victoria Sarne
This is a powerful and riveting book. Probably not for all readers, since the topic and descriptions are graphic and intense, but this description of a journey through bipolar life... Read morePublished 6 months ago by MJ Guthrie
Very good book. Interesting story. I got a clearer picture of how difficult life is when one has bipolar disorder. Read morePublished 6 months ago by EllaBella