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There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  34 reviews
You need your eyes, don't you?

So does Richard Issych. Two weeks ago he overdosed. Now he's fighting for his life, finding threatening notes like that one on his nightstand.

"There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes" is the story of 19-year-old Richard Issych, who wakes to a harsh new reality inside an inpatient unit. Now Richard's journey turns into one of revelations and s
Paperback, 342 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Cloud Books
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Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I was fortunate enough to be sent a copy of "There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes" by the author which I am incredibly grateful for because it is not a story or written in a format that I have ever read; I also can't be sure that it is a book that would have drawn me in right away at a first glance.
The story follows a 19 year old boy Richerd Issych after he has been checked into a psychiatric hospital/facility after his fifth failed attempt at suicide. In his new surroundings Richard learns
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the human psyche
A disturbing moving read that leaves you thinking and wondering ...

This is the story of Richard, a 19 year old who struggles with life and seeks death. He has tried to kill himself 4 times before and on his 5th attempt he nearly succeeds but doesn't. He is sent to a psychiatric institution where maybe he can find a piece of himself that will make him want to survive.

This is a look at the not so normal from a not so normal point of view. What is real; what is not real? It's a wonderful retelling
Christopher Gerrib
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
A while back, I reviewed Robert Jacoby’s first book-length nonfiction effort, Escaping Reality Without Really Trying. Based on that review, Mr. Jacoby asked me to review his first novel, There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes, and I agreed to do so. I found the book an interesting read.

Noah is the story of Richard Issych, a nineteen-year-old boy who tries to kill himself with an overdose of Quaaludes. It doesn’t work, and he wakes up in a mental ward. The story then becomes how Richard deals w
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this review, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Regular readers will remember Robert Jacoby, who last year gave us the interesting sailing oral history Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying; and now Jacoby has a new book out, a fictional novel this time, entitled There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes and concerning the manytimes dysfunctional
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
(nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley)

Novels tell stories. If you think of, say, the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling relates Harry's adventures as he grows up. No matter how whiny and paranoid Harry is--ref: The Order of The Phoenix--Ms. Rowling's narrative keeps the same, reliable tone.

In reading a stream-of-consciousness novel like Robert Jacoby's brilliant "There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes," we don't so much hear a story as watch it unfold. Further, because
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This poignant novel is thought-provoking, candid and affecting that touches your core with its deep meaning.

‘There are reasons…why I loved this novel and my reasons on the whole centre around the fluid writing and captivating narrative that is so remarkable you cannot help but be affected by it. This stunning piece of literary fiction tackles that tough issue of depression, which is especially challenging in a young teenager who similarly too many of this age experiences numerous trials & tribu
Mike Aiello
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Like "Finnegans Wake", the novel "There are Reason's Noah Packed No Clothes" begins just where it ends. The first sentence completes the last. The author is advising us: this is a cycle neverending.

Our protagonist is 19-year old Richard Issych, who awakens to consciousness in a mental hospital after an unsuccessful attempt to overdose on Quaaludes. Born again, Richard emerges into his new world like a baby, with little control of his body, unable to speak, his mind a wash of undifferentiated im
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is so well written, I found it difficult to put down. The story about a young man who attempts suicide. It takes the reader inside a mental institution where we are allowed to see inside his clouded mind and the minds of the other patients. Jacoby is a very talented writer. More on ...more
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the crazy ones:)
Shelves: first-reads
I want to thank Robert for sending me this book as a giveaway and I'll do my best to not let this fact cloud my judgment.

After his fifth suicide attempt, 19 year-old Richard Issych is committed to a psychiatric hospital. The book revolves around the characters he meets and the experiences he makes while he's there.

The mental hospital topic has become popular in the last few years. Beginning with "It's Kind of A Funny Story" more and more books and movies have done their take on the
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
There are reasons Noah packed no clothes

Spoiler alert. This review does contain spoilers so beware.

Please let me say first and foremost that while reading this book I was completely out of my comfort zone. I will give the author credit and say that the storyline really does make you sit and think.

Richard Issych wakes up after a botched suicide attempt inside the confines of an inpatient unit. The author takes us on a ride of self-discovery and healing through the obscure mind and shattered real
Linda Harley
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
The best word that comes to mind about this book is “disconcerting.” It is definitely not a book intended to make you feel good or serve as escapism. Unfortunately, I had to read this book, when I was looking for escapism and not a book that is going to challenge me to think. The author, Robert Jacoby, does an excellent job of staying true to the mental state of the main character, Richard who tried to commit suicide and finds himself instead in a psychological institute. The first third of the ...more
Pamela (slytherpuff)

Just, wow.

I just finished this book and I find myself searching for the right words to describe how I felt while reading it.

As someone who has had suicidal tendencies for more than two decades, I feel very attached to Richard's story. It hit home on so many levels, and I cried on multiple occasions (though, to be fair, it's not hard to make me cry), thinking about my own experiences: the heavy, black pressure on my heart; emotional pain at having to live through another day; believing that
Joana Felício
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
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This engaging, disturbing and surprising novel is the story of nineteen-year-old Richard, who tries to commit suicide and, failing, finds himself in a psychiatric hospital. From that point on, the author leads us on an eye-opening journey trough Richard’s mind, using incredible writing, wonderful, real-life-based characters and a world building that is as amazing as it is heart-breaking.
The main character is as r
Sam Cristol
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hospitals
Wow. That was sure something. Even through the waves of fanciful and almost confusing gibberish within the main character (Richard)'s mind, the story was clearly piercing through to the reader.

One of the best, and most impressive things, about this novel was that depression and mental illness were not romanticized. They were gritty, dirty, hard to deal with, hard to hear about. Every single surrounding character was somehow impacted, from the far away brothers to the roommate.

The side story wit
B. Morrison
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel begins with 19-year-old Richard Issych waking up from a suicide attempt, his brain still fogged from the pills he took. With powerful prose the author takes us directly into Richard's mind, awhirl with disconnected thoughts, memories and worries. Gradually the haze diminishes and he realises/remembers that he is in a psychiatric hospital, persuaded by his parents to sign himself in. Everything about the place drives him crazy: the absurd rules, the nurses who talk to him in condescend ...more
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read my full review on my blog, Pride in Madness!

I call books like Robert Jacoby’s There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes “comfortable reads”. This novel grabbed my attention, I focused on each word, never counting down the pages to the end, each page turn was exciting and I thought of no other book while reading. I recommend this novel to those who have and have not experienced the mental health system and I believe it would serve as a reminder to servi
Paddy O'callaghan
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This captivating, beautifully written tale is about the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt. The subject is handled very sensitively and respectfully hence, I would especially recommend the novel to those who have had their lives touched by clinical depression. As other reviewers have pointed out, this is not simply a great piece of fiction, it is a fine work of literature
Robert Jacoby
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, it's my own book. I "really liked it". ;) ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: Robert Jacoby
I recieved a free copy of this book from the author in return for a review. This has not impacted on my ability to review this book in an honest and critical way.

14/1 - I can really empathise with Richard, the main character, as when I was younger I experienced some of the emotions and problems that Richard is going through. Fortunately I never hurt myself and now I am happy and feel lucky that I am still here. The description of the psychiatric hospital and its inpatients is very disturbing, es
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes by Robert Jacoby
Cloud Books, 10/1/2012
Trade Paperback, 342 pages
ISBN-13: 9780983969709

You need your eyes, don't you?
So does Richard Issych. Two weeks ago he overdosed. Now he's fighting for his life, finding threatening notes like that one on his nightstand.
"There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes"is the story of 19-year-old Richard Issych, who wakes to a harsh new reality inside an inpatient unit. Now Richard's journey turn
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Richard has just tried to commit suicide. It's not the first time, and who knows if it will be the last. He will be committed to a mental hospital, and he signs himself in before he knows what he's doing. Richard is only 19.

The writing at the beginning of this novel got me worried .The stream of consciousness style doesn't normally do it for me,
Sam Sattler
Richard Issych, the central character of There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes, knows that he is not crazy. He also believes that he would be better off dead than alive, but despite his best efforts to make that happen, he cannot seem to get the job done. But when his latest attempt to end his life fails, and Richard wakes up among the “crazies,” he cannot help but feel a little superior to his fellow inmates. His awareness that all the other patients are crazy has to mean that he is not like ...more
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
First, I want to thank Robert Jacoby for sending me a copy of the book. I finally managed to read it and here I am, confused and still unsure about the reasons Noah packed no clothes.

I must confess I had a really really really hard time going through the text, especially the third chapter. The story is narrated by Richard, a 19 year-old boy who is admitted in a psychiatric hospital for trying to kill himself, and the book is written in the form of Richard's flow of thought. Thus, it switches fro
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2014
The book was written in a very interesting format, which read much like poetry and at many a time it was very difficult to read and understand what was going on which was the biggest problem for me while reading. At many points I did not know whether what was happening was real or just in his head.
But that aside, I felt that it was a really interesting read, especially the character growth was visible as the book takes place in a few weeks and I was able to grow with Richard. He felt like a gen
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received this book as part of the first reads giveaway and I wasn't sure what to expect. From the beginning, I had a hard time connecting with Richard, the main character. I felt as if he spent most of time just complaining about everything in his life. As I read on, I kept waiting for something major to occur, whether in the past or the present, but I don't feel like that event ever came. I finished the book still feeling like questions were unanswered and I was missing something.

I never quit
John Wood
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book chronicles the experiences of nineteen year old Richard Issych as he adjusts to his life in a psychiatric facility after he attempts suicide. Through Richard's thoughts and the the assortment of characters the author allows us to explore various ways of coping with life and the elusive meaning of sanity. I found it to be an interesting read although at times I had trouble following what was happening and what was real or not real. The author does a very good job of developing the many ...more
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scary-and-smart
I'm generally hard to impress when it comes to novels, but from the first page of this book, my jaw was on the floor. Jacoby crafts prose fueled by poetry, interesting turns of phrase, and nonsense that eventually becomes sensical.

I was particularly impressed with how well Jacoby puts you in the head of a narrator whose perspective keeps changing, without making the shifts in perspective seem jarring or out of character. He very subtley moves you through madness to sanity and back to madness wit
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes gets you inside of a mind with someone who tried to leave the world. It takes you through a journey of what it is like on the inside of a mental hospital. While reading such an intruding book, you are captivated into wanting to know more. The characters within the book, the conversations that took off, you never knew where a conversation would end or where it would pick up later. Who knew they "saltpetered" the ice cream. Would you think that? Find more o ...more
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While some may be turned off by the second-person, stream-of-consciousness style in which this book was written, I found the format perfectly fitting for the character of Richard Issych. There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes is an insightful and disturbing journey into the mind of a depressed manchild.

I gave this book 5 stars with complete confidence. While it was a difficult and challenging read, and left me feeling profoundly disturbed at times, it was a worthwhile experience. I'm looking f
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