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Impossible Vacation by Spalding Gray
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Apr 16, 2008

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Spalding Gray is the only person I've ever heard of whose art form was the monologue, who can be described as a "monologuist." This is his first and only novel, an autobiographical work executed lucidly and vividly. His knack for storytelling is in full force here, and is a tremendous read. It covers his childhood, mainly his experiences with his mother who suffered from bi-polar disorder and took her own life in 1967, and his subsequent misadventures traveling around the world. While searching for a "real vacation," Gray came to realize that he also suffered from bi-polar disorder, a story made impossibly more sad by the fact of his own eventual suicide in 2004. This book is terrific: evocative, startlingly personal and honest, and completely riveting.
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