Desperately seeking an alternative to the medical model's medication regimen, the author introduces Franklin to a West African shaman in Jamaica. Dick discovers Franklin's psychic capabilities behind the seemingly delusional thought patterns, as well as his artistic talents. Theirs becomes an ancestral quest, the journey finally taking them to the sacred lands of New Mexico and an indigenous healer. For those who understand the pain of mental illness as well the bond between a parent and a child, My Mysterious Son shares the intimate and beautiful story of a father who will do everything in his power to repair his relationship with a young man damaged by mental illness.
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By uber_neko_zero on 26-01-16
2hrs in and i am still feeling restless to get to the point. This is just my personal take, but i feel trapped in a world of obsessively documented minutia. I want to know about the tie between schizophrenia and shamanism but that has yet to be broached. I feel like i am being regaled with baby pictures (and accompanying descriptions), in an endless stream, of a stranger i have no cause yet to care about.
I'm frustrated because this has a lot of promise, the subject matter does, but by god get to the point! Sorry. Maybe it picks up later on but i think 2 hours is a solid and honest effort to give the benefit of the doubt.
I'm just not sure why the decision was made to keep this so lengthy, and to not edit it so that only pertinent things were relayed? Maybe the author felt it was ALL relevant.... But as a reader i'm floundering with all of this info that seems disjointed and seems to not support certain ideas he wishes to get across. Brevity can also be an art.
The human attention span is generally 30 seconds.... Where is the hook to pull in one's interest, aside from the book's description?
I hope this review doesn't sound mean or hurtful - i don't intend it to be. I'm just quite bewildered with the meandering and almost unfocused nature of this book thus far. Again, my personal assessment. Others may have a different experience.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Hillarie on 22-05-15
a more stilted way of reading is hard to imagine
The storyline is good, but the writing is some difficult to follow. This deficit is intensified by a narrator with wonderful pronunciation, but a style similar to that of a text to speech program. The combination made listening to the book a struggle. I would not recommend it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful