The Seventh Angel: A Memoirby Alex McKeithen
Believing he is the seventh angel whose sole purpose is to announce the Apocalypse, McKeithen runs through
While a junior at Davidson College, Alex McKeithen went to Europe to study painting. A summer in the Tuscan sun, listening to U2's Joshua Tree helped fuel his creativity. McKeithen's inspiration exploded into full blown mania, however, when he reached Paris.
Believing he is the seventh angel whose sole purpose is to announce the Apocalypse, McKeithen runs through the streets of Paris, leaving articles of clothing at various cathedrals until, completely nude, he is arrested at the Arc de Triomphe. To his jailors, McKeithen will say only that he is the seventh angel. This ultimately lands him in Maison Blanche, an asylum near Paris where the food is surprisingly good and McKeithen is convinced God is communicating with him via messages on sugar packets.
With the help of his parents, he eventually returns to North Carolina and is admitted to Duke University's Medical Center. Though the food there is nothing to write home about, he finds himself under the care of a doctor who correctly diagnoses his bipolar disorder and gently guides him back to sanity during late night visits clouded by cigar smoke.
McKeithen's vivid and often humorous recollections of his journey from the brink are paired with marginalized facts and figures demonstrating his state of excessive mental activity. His account of his own mental state, as well as observations of fellow patients and caregivers make for a riveting read.
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Alex McKeithen decided to study art abroad in the inspiring European landscape. Unfortunately for him, when he arrived in Paris, he suffered a breakdown, running through the streets proclaiming he was the Seventh Angel and that the apocalypse was coming. This book is his story through these events and his recovery back in the states. Alex McKeithen is brave for spilling his life and thoughts out in this book. He even gives readers more insight into his spinning mind, by adding notes along the side, as though this was his personal journal. The author doesn’t shy away from the harshness of his illness or the realities of treatment inside the facility. However he does try to insert humorous scenes to help break up the monotony. This is an exceptional book about the inner workings of an overactive mind. Notes: The PR Representative provided a copy of this book for me to review. This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.