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Praise for The Answer to the Riddle is Me:
"A gripping medical mystery, a heartwarming personal journey, and a chilling indictment of the commonly prescribed drug that upended MacLean's life—but left his superb literary skills intact."
—Rebecca Skloot, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
"A mesmerizing, unsettling memoir about the ever-echoing nature of identity—written in vivid, blooming detail."
—Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl
"MacLean fearlessly explores his journey to the edge of madness and his subsequent return to sanity in an unsettling, sometimes riotous, memoir."
"A deeply moving account of amnesia that explores the quandary of the self . . . MacLean has written a memoir that combines the evocative power of William Styron's ‘Darkness Visible,’ the lyric subtlety of Michael Ondaatje's ‘Running in the Family’ and the narrative immediacy of a Hollywood action film. He reminds us how we are all always trying to find a version of ourselves that we can live with."
—Los Angeles Times
"incandescent...MacLean’s account is raw and unsparing, and will surely take you out of your comfort zone — the reader is immersed in the writer’s oblivion and his vertiginous journey of recovery — but the reward for sticking with it is the privilege of reading MacLean’s profound and finely nuanced meditation on memory and identity."
—The Seattle Times
"What does it mean to be the person you are? How much can be stripped away before you are no longer you? This is a fascinating book that resides in the mind as if you lived it yourself. "
—Robert Boswell, author of Tumbledown
"Thoughtful, terribly honest, often funny, and utterly un-self-indulgent, this is a riveting work of narrative art."
—Tony Hoagland, author of What Narcissism Means to Me
"A compelling personal account and a frightful caution to physicians and travelers who continue to place their faith in a very dangerous drug."
—Dr. Remington L. Nevin, MPH, Mefloquine expert
"Brilliant and painful and hilarious."
—Antonya Nelson, author Some Fun
"David Stuart MacLean is a writer who can break your heart, terrify you, and make you laugh all on the same page. The Answer to The Riddle is Me is a masterful exploration of the funhouse of identity."
—Mat Johnson, author of Pym
"While MacLean's experience is unlucky indeed, the luck becomes ours as he takes us with him on his harrowing journey, which is rendered with exactitude, humor, and lyricism."
—Maggie Nelson, author of The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning
The story MacLean tells is powerful and the writing is beautiful.
I felt as if I were inside the author's mind as I read about his horrifying trajectory through amnesia and chemically-induced psychosis.
He captures how he perceived different people and situations that makes you feel like you are right with him.
While the subject of this book is extremely interesting, I'm very ambivalent with regard to whether to recommend it to anyone. Read morePublished 5 days ago by M. Desoer
For months, I’d heard Duncan Trussell talk about David MacLean’s book, The Answer to the Riddle is Me, on his podcast. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Armando N. Roman
Intelligent, informative, and more than a little disturbing. This is a fascinating journey of that so-called minute percentage of people who suffer from the extreme side-effects of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vikki
Crisp writing, funny stories, and some drug history mixed in.Published 3 months ago by Nathan DeWall
He does a wonderful job of expressing his inner turmoil. At times it is briefly unclear when you are hallucinating with him or if he's really witnessing what he describes.Published 3 months ago by consideroptions
I was absolutely hooked from the first sentence, and I truly couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this fascinating true story of David MacLean's sudden and ongoing experience... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jennifer Brown
This well written book takes you on a journey along with the author. He is trying to stitch together gaps in his memory caused by larium (malarial drug) he discovers himself along... Read morePublished 6 months ago by christine a parks
Great, but scary, read. Scary because we often ignore drug side effect warnings when we want the good effects the drug offers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by PR Bob