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Memoirs From the Asylum by Kenneth Weene
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Apr 22, 12

Read in April, 2012

Through this unique book, we follow the memories of one man's time in an insane asylum. He has voluntarily put himself in, and could leave at any time. He finds the asylum life predictable and safe – until some of his friends die, others marry and one of the doctors is killed. Finally deciding he's ready to venture into the real world once more, he leaves the confines of the asylum.

Memoirs from the Asylum is an unusual book that gives the reader an inside look at something we'd rather ignore – the insane. It's a series of vignettes, intimate looks at each of the residents, and some of the staff, who may be just as crazy as the inmates.

I highly recommend this book. It is powerful, poignant, humorous and heart rending. It leaves the reader feeling as if they've just made the same journey as the main character and raises questions about the world of mental health.
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