We haven’t have a chance to read it yet, but PsychOdyssey takes note of an interesting New York Times book review (February 2, 2011) of this newly published family account of living with schizophrenia. Anglo-Irish journalist Patrick Cockburn and his son Henry tell the story of Henry’s descent into schizophrenia. By the reviewer’s description, Henry’s case looks unusually florid. Also of interest is Henry’s apparent heavy adolescent use of marijuana before the actual onset at age 20. The review is mostly favorable, although we take exception to one of the reviewer’s more insouciant comments, to wit:
We’ve become accustomed to memoirs of mental illness in recent years, as the public’s appetite for bleak and ungodly first-person narratives has increased, and as much of the stigma attached to these conditions has fallen away. Which is another way of saying that books of this sort don’t have the revelatory power they once did.
We suppose that the reviewer has never had to navigate the maelstrom himself. Nevertheless, we are not deterred. We look forward to reading this likely powerful revelation, at least as received by similarly situated family members.