As a sufferer of mental illness, I could well relate to the content of this graphic novel. Darryl Cunningham wrote about his experience as a mental heAs a sufferer of mental illness, I could well relate to the content of this graphic novel. Darryl Cunningham wrote about his experience as a mental healthcare nurse and covered topics such as self-harm, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, dementia, among other things. His explanation was general and basis rather than in-depth and he covered more of the emotional than technical side of mental illness.
The focus was mostly to try and change general public's perception of mental illness. Unlike physical illness, there is prejudice against mental illness and the sufferers. If you break your leg everyone expects you to rest so you can heal, but a mentally-ill person is often misunderstood and even lumped simply under the heading of 'crazy'. In reality mental illness too needs time and space to heal but unlike a broken bone, people cannot see where the 'wound' lies. There is so much stigma, so much discrimination at every level (mental hospitals for example have problem getting fund from government) but people do not know or if they do, they forget, that anyone can be the victim of metal illness. Anyone.
Like the author I too wish for the mentality of my community to change. I was diagnosed when I was 17 but five years later I still had not gotten any better, all thanks to the convoluted medical system and the lack of support I had in my own country. All the while I could not say how much pain I had to endure from the discrimination I had. Even my family, even though they loved me, did not understand what was wrong with me and was ashamed of me. I wish, I wish, I wish that I can scream out my feeling to them and make them understand. As the author put it, it is hard enough as it is without you making it harder.
The chapter that touched me the most was the one about suicide. There were two suicides the author encountered while he was working at the hospital and both left him wondering if he could have done more for those people. Maybe there was nothing that could be done but suicide would always affect those people left behind with questions that would never be answered and guilt that would never be repelled - had they not done enough?, could they have done more? Suicide is sad. It hurts me to hear news of strangers killing themselves. But even though I know that suicide will only leave behind a trail of pain, I too understand why some people choose that path......more
The spin-off, I think is what they called this, with the same characters from Haruhi Suzumiya but with a different plot. Romantic comedy with the streThe spin-off, I think is what they called this, with the same characters from Haruhi Suzumiya but with a different plot. Romantic comedy with the stress on the romance, which made it quite disappointing. The other spin-off, Haruhi-chan was more fun and the explanation was of course the lack of Haruhi Suzumiya in this spin-off. I don't care about shy quiet girl even if she is cute, because Yuki-chan's cuteness apparently does not work on me. Which is why despite my disappointment I probably am going to read the next installment because Haruhi is finally making her appearance.
Weirdly enough, I am not a fan of Haruhi Suzumiya the anime. I guess I am in the mood for manga and this happened to be conveniently lying around in the library....more
Oh, dear. Maybe me guessing the murderer in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd so soon had gotten into my head and somehow made it big. Because this time I tOh, dear. Maybe me guessing the murderer in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd so soon had gotten into my head and somehow made it big. Because this time I totally followed the red herring. I was outwitted by Agatha Christie.
Never mind. Sometimes I do wish to be taken for a ride. That is one way of enjoying a whodunit....more
Ah, how do I rate this book? Three stars or four? I always find it hard to review books in mystery-thriller-detective-etc genre for fear of divulgingAh, how do I rate this book? Three stars or four? I always find it hard to review books in mystery-thriller-detective-etc genre for fear of divulging too much and God forbid, becoming a spoiler. But with Cat Among the Pigeons at least I can confidently list what I liked and did not like about it.
What I liked, firstly, was the English boarding school setting. I was a fan of Enid Blyton's Malory Towers and her other school series and I must say, Agatha Christie managed to capture that all-girl school atmosphere which I loved so much. Secondly, it was the neat writing style. Some of Christie's earlier works seemed to follow those annoying Ten Commandments or Twenty Rules of Writing Detective Stories as set by Ronald Knox, Raymond Chandler and S.S Van Dine. You know, those rules defining the Golden Age of Detective Writing which forbade writers from giving 'unnecessary' details, so you ended up with skeleton of a novel that went Bam! Bam! Bam! Okay, here is the murderer. I am glad that Cat Among the Pigeons gave enough space for the characters and setting to be fleshed out decently.
What I did not like, firstly, was the lack of Hercule Poirot. He is my number one favourite detective, even more than Aoyama Gosho's Edogawa Conan or BBC's Sherlock (I never liked the original Sherlock Holmes). But he only appeared almost towards the end of the book. Provided that the writing style was so good I was so immersed by the story that I forgot to be annoyed by his super late entrance, unlike the utterly boring Appointment with Death which easily is my least favourite of Christie's works. Still, I would like it better if Poirot could play a bigger role in the investigation. And secondly, I just did not like spy Secret Intelligence thingy theme. Especially not in my murder mystery.
So there. Three stars? Four stars? 3.5 it is then....more