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The Night-Side: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & the Illness Experience
by Floyd Skloot (Goodreads Author)
Rarely has so painful a subject-being sick-produced so exhilarating a book. His writing if full of wisdom and panache. He manages to turn physical affliction into literary gold. A series of moving, often hilarious meditations on chronic illness that remind us, in prose that mesmerizes, of the remakable tenacity of the human spirit.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Story Line Press
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The opening paragraph provides a remarkable frame for a book written under the stress of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome--a condition Skloot points out is ineptly named, since it suggests nothing more than extreme tiredness. In fact CFS or CFIDS is a complicated condition that affects all systems of the body. This memoir adopts his current illness as a vantage point for considering not only his life now, but his life before, and how chronic illness enforces a complete reevaluation of one's story. A ...more
Excellent and funny throughout, and the baseball chapters were interesting...yes, even for a non-sports fan like myself. The chapters on "well-meaning" suggestions from strangers regarding CFS "cures" and a 5-day stay at a facility associated with Deepak Chopra's alt-med stuff were SPOT ON and hilarious. Well-written and worth reading if you are a fan of memoir, poetry and/or writing about chronic illness and disability.
Floyd was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1947, and moved to Long Beach, NY, ten years later. He graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a B.A. in English, and completed an M.A. in English at Southern Illinois University, where he studied with the Irish poet Thomas Kinsella. From 1972 until becoming disabled by viral-borne brain damage in 1988, Floyd worked in the field of public policy in ...moreMore about Floyd Skloot...