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There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes Paperback – October 1, 2012
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“Despair and salvation mix to powerful effect in Jacoby’s debut novel that follows a young man’s confrontation with suicide…. A confident, strongly voiced portrait of despair and the flickering light at the end of the tunnel.”
"... the power of Jacoby's prose and the emotional truth of Richard's journey are irresistible.... If you liked "Girl, Interrupted", and wondered how a boy would feel in that situation, this is the book for you. The emotional journey of this shy and sensitive young man is leavened with humor and beset by fear, but in the end holds a powerful truth." -- B. Morrison, poet and author
"... a well-written book with a deft stream-of-consciousness touch." -- Jason Pettus, Chicago Center for Literature and Photography
"A disturbing, moving read that leaves you thinking and wondering ... It is the story of one person's struggle to fit in somewhere, anywhere.... Read it. Dare to be disturbed. Take a walk into the unknown. 5 stars." -- Reads by the Beach blog
"This book is so well written, I found it difficult to put down." -- Bookwinked blog
"...one of the most confusing, emotional, and daring books I have ever read, and that is what makes me love it so much." -- The Book Addicts blog
a "...captivating, beautifully written tale..." -- Goodreads review
"...quite astonishing." -- Goodreads review
"...brilliant... unforgettable." -- Books and Movies blog
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Our protagonist is 19-year old Richard Issych, who awakens to consciousness in a mental hospital after an unsuccessful attempt to overdose on Quaaludes. Born again, Richard emerges into his new world like a baby, with little control of his body, unable to speak, his mind a wash of undifferentiated impressions and memory fragments.
The hospital psychiatrist explains that Richard is suffering from depression -- a disease caused by a chemical imbalance. "Think of depression as wearing a different pair of glasses."
"I'm wearing the wrong pair of glasses," he realizes.
Over weeks, Richard is treated with anti-depressants, and begins to make friends with the other psychiatric patients in the facility. His mood improves, but Richard is derailed by the appearance of a menacing new patient named "Bug", who steals his glasses and initiates a fresh cascade of morbid and suicidal thoughts.
While Richard seems to respond positively to the anti-depressants, Bug's mental disorder appears far more threatening.
This is a powerful book with many skins. And like a Jungian dream, nothing is obvious.
In Jacoby's hands, prose and poetry fill meaning interchangeably. "There are Reason's Noah Packed No Clothes" is thoughtful, crafted, and brilliantly written.
I can't wait to see the movie.
I was particularly impressed with how well Jacoby puts you in the head of a narrator whose perspective keeps changing, without making the shifts in perspective seem jarring or out of character. He very subtley moves you through madness to sanity and back to madness with such a light touch, it's absolutely seamless.
I can honestly say I've never read anything like "Noah," though the way in which it was written reminded me a bit of "House of Leaves," which is high praise. So if you like deeply-interesting books that are beautifully-written, give it a shot.
Some reviewers noted they had trouble with the switch between the third person voice and Richard's internal dialogue, but I found that the toggle between the two flowed well. I wouldn't be surprised if this were adapted into a thought-provoking screenplay.
Richard is the main character, you get inside his head. Once you are inside his thinking, you began to wonder if you second-guessing his decisions, just as he is. You realize how people think, and it is not just you, or how you process things, but everyone is not perfect in their own thinking.
This book is so well-written, I did get lost in some places, but it doesn’t change my mind that I would suggest others to give it a try. It isn’t something that you would think you love to read about, but even reading you are wondering if it will make to Hollywood Movies, and I think it will! Captivating is an understatement.
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