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When the Music's Over: My Journey into Schizophrenia

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As soon as Ross David Burke finished his autobiographical novel in November 1985, he took a massive overdose of drugs and ended a life that had been plagued for more than ten years by paranoid schizophrenia. Written in mental hospitals, jails, and while Ross was functioning in the community, his account is an intense, intimate portrait of the inner life of a schizophrenic. ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Plume (first published January 1st 1995)
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I read this book for a book report that I did in Abnormal Psychology. I cannot say that this was a good book, nor can I say it was a bad book. If you want to learn more about what is going on inside the mind of a schizophrenic, then this is the book for you. I will warn you it is disturbing at times and can be hard to understand. I think it is very interesting anyway.
This is my absolute favorite book.
As I read this book I could not help but feel crazy myself. It could have simply been the weather but after reading of Sphere's schizophrenic delusions, I couldn't help but think that maybe everything in my world is made up. It became too easy to relate and believe the things that were written.
I felt as thought I had really gotten to know Ross David Burke, and actually liked him and almost would have liked to been involved in some of his adventures. Almost.
The catch is that Burke is a schizoph
Sep 02, 2008 James rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Abnormal Psychology students & enthusiasts
Very interesting but I can only read so much crazy (I skipped the last 20 or so chapters). It's a very valuable resource for those studying the disorder.
Wow, this book and my mind reeling, it really does give you a perspective of Schizophrenia that many people never see, it humanizes it. Excellent.
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“Am I a mindless fool? My life is a fragment, a disconnected dream that has no continuity. I am so tired of senselessness. I am tired of the music that my feelings sing, the dream music.” 79 likes
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