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Three weeks ago, I remarked that all the books I was reading at that time seemed to be about mental illnesses.
Well, I went to the bookstore today to pick up a few novels. I had just finished my seminar and felt in the mood for buying some light reading to distract myself. And promptly, I gravitated towards The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. After finding out that the protagonist is suffering from Asperger’s syndrome (which is a mild form of autism), I put it down again – and picked up Will Self’s Dr. Mukti. Reading something about psychoses on the cover, I put that one back as well.
And I already have Andy Behrman’s Electroboy on my amazon wishlist, which is about manic depression. (Behrman has also been nicknamed “the real American Psycho".)
As this theme of mental illnesses keeps reoccurring, perhaps I should just give in and reserve one bookself for my “psychotic department". And try to read the books one after the other, just not four of them at the same time.
What did I buy in the end? I did find something lighter: The Well of Lost Words by Jasper Fforde. My bookstore was offering a pack of three of Fforde’s books for €14.80, but I chickened out and bought just one of them. That probably means that I’ll pay more for the other two …
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