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The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
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Oct 16, 2007

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Recommended for: Literary readers, readers with a serious illness, psychology readers
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I've spent the last thirteen years in a state of perpetual pain due to a neuromuscular condition. Often the condition and the life it's forced me to lead make me feel insane, or at least sane but detached from the world. No book has quite captured the detachment sickness causes like Magic Mountain, so much so that I was convinced Mann must have been using his thin fantasy premise of a mountain away from time as a wedge to get into this mindset. It's not an entertaining read; often it's as grinding and hopeless as physical therapy. But it's still a fascinating foray an asylum.
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