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On the Sea of Memory: A Journey from Forgetting to Remembering
At the end of the 1990s, the esteemed writer Jonathan Cott lost fifteen years of his life. After receiving repeated rounds of electroshock treatments to combat his severe clinical depression, Cott couldn’t remember anything he had experienced between 1985 and 2000. Not a shred remained of his intimate relationships, his travels, his writings, his joys and sorrows.
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Random House
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As much as my heart goes out to the author, I can never in a thousand years recommend this book. Though I can vaguely understand the concept of a book comprised mostly of interviews with able and not so much experts and professionals (though that immediately got me suspicious, why make it a book if an anthology would have had the same effect?), the actual questions and structure of the interview are annoying at best. A journalist should never so bluntly force an answer on the person he's ...more
A promising concept that I found ultimately frustrating. Was hoping for more personal insight, though I accept that the author is ultimately a journalist, so perhaps this just isn't his way. Still, as he is a journalist there were some followup questions I was begging for that never came. Still, it's a quick read and worth it for some interesting information and thought- / conversation-provoking insights.
I found this book by accident while wandering aimlessly in the library. The book begins with an examination of ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) and the dangerous side effects of this treatment. The author lost 15 years of memories after undergoing ECT as a treatment for depression. Does memory make us who we are? So far, it is fascinating.