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No Laughing Matter Paperback – October 1, 2004
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Guillain-Barre is a disease that attacks the central nervous system, rendering the victim completely paralyzed. Although what Heller contracted was a mild form of the disorder, in an extreme case mentioned a patient was only able to move their eyes. Recovery is possible from this disease; if it's caught early enough, the patient can be hooked up to a respirator if need be and then slowly rehabilitated. NO LAUGHING MATTER is two stories. The first is that of Joseph Heller the patient who goes from being in (seemingly) perfect health to being utterly bedridden in a matter of days. The second part of the tale is told by Speed Vogel, a friend of Heller, who took care of virtually all of his financial, legal and personal obligations.
From reading some other reviews of the book, one might be under the impression that this is a light and fluffy feel-good story of friendship where one will be forced to read numerous passages on the deeper meanings of love and caring. People learning great life lessons by sacrificing much that they have purely in the name of camaraderie. Chicken soup for the soul and novocain for the brain. Fortunately, one couldn't be further from the truth. While the two authors obviously have a great fondness for each other, you won't find any obvious soliloquies on the healing power of friendship.Read more ›
Heller had Guillain-Barre syndrome, which is like a temporary form of polio. The muscles in his body shut down leaving him paralyzed. Eventually, the muscles started to work again, but he had to go through a long, difficult rehab process. He had to learn to do everything he had done without thinking about it before he got sick. Vogel helped him through the process and they decided to write this book to describe the whole ordeal.
The book is full of funny stories of these two men, and their other friends. It was great to see that he kept his amazing sense of humor throughout his illness. If you've enjoyed any of his other books, you should get a big kick out of this one too.
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I found the parts of the narrative done by Joseph Heller more interesting than those done by Speed Vogel. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Shalom Freedman
As one who is recovering from Guillian-Barret syndrome, Heller's book was of special interest. It was easy to read and I appreciated the humor in spite of the seriousness of the... Read morePublished on July 21, 2014 by Duane McCormick
Informative. It was mentioned by my professor at wcc. It's a literature that has medical field interested. The author documents his illness.Published on May 14, 2014 by P. G. Anselmo
NO LAUGHING MATTER, co-written by CATCH-22 author Joseph Heller and his friend, Speed Vogel, is a fascinating look at Heller's bout with Guillian-Barre Syndrome, a debilitating... Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by Timothy J. Bazzett
Most of the people who have reviewed No Laughing Matter, have had direct family experience with Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS). Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Phred
this is a great book if you ever had guillian barre, it explalins the whole process. its a look into the the real joseph hellerPublished on June 16, 2013 by lewis m.
Who knew that this insidious syndrome could affect the famous like Heller. As a fellow sufferer, he nailed it. Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by Regina Partridge
I have read many books on this disease I share with most of the authors. This is different. No Laughing Matter reads like a novel and gives greater insight. Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by sheslouise