This memoir was not only emotionally stirring and sometimes humorous, it reflected a long standing issue regarding the treatment of mental illness. David's struggles to secure a proper diagnosis, his troubles to obtain treatment, and his experience within the justice system outlines some of the explicit problems that persons suffering from mental illness have to face.
David's re-telling of his story gives readers the opportunity to put a truly "human" face to Schizophrenia. The story is wonderfully personal, and a refreshing change from the overly clinical nature that some non-fiction books take when discussing similar disorders. This is a memoir, after all, and David does an exquisite job of allowing the reader to experience his story through a uniquely intimate lens. After struggling through a pervasive disease, homelessness, imprisonment, and familial difficulties, David persevered and began to heal from the trauma of his disorder. For others struggling with this disorder, this book could offer true inspiration and reassurance that there is hope.
I highly recommend this book for anyone wishing to explore the nature of Schizophrenia, for those battling mental illness, and even for students and teachers of Psychology who wish to shed the clinical gaze of the classroom. Readers of all backgrounds will be inspired and moved by Davids story. This was a truly enlightening and memorable book. OneTitle