The Boon: Thoughts of a Schizophrenic in Remission

The Boon: Thoughts of a Schizophrenic in Remission

by Eugene Uttley

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The Boon: Thoughts of a Schizophrenic in Remission 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
DNF - 0 stars Where I stopped reading: Melissa –  the first page. Belinda – 20% Why I stopped reading:  Melissa - I couldn’t get passed the first page. I thought possibly my brain was just too tired to read something like this. So, I recommended it to Belinda. Belinda - The 20% I read was not enjoyable. I tried. I really, really tried. I got to 20% and even tried to skip through some parts to move it along. And yet, I just couldn’t read any more. I think this book should be retitled: Aimless, Endless Rambling of a Madman Wannabe. 468 pages of Eugene Uttley tediously discussing his favorite (and only) subject: himself. If this type of book is something you’re interested in I’d recommend d the hugely popular The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Another book that’s worth reading and has a similar theme is Addition by Toni Jordan. What others have rated this book: According to Goodreads, the average rating for The Boon is 3.83. It looks like a majority of readers gave this book 5 stars. There were 5 5-star reviews on Amazon. At Barnes & Noble, the two reviews were both 5 stars. Just because we didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you may not.  As reviewed by Melissa and Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (We received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
KittyMuseBookReviews More than 1 year ago
“I conceive of this work of creative nonfiction, this lengthy personal essay, as a learner’s journal and a part of the healing process”. This passage sums up the entire book very well. Yet, in ways, it doesn’t come close to what it offers. Not only does Mr. Uttley take us on his personal journey through schizophrenia and his return to what we regard as “normal”, but he also leads us through his personal beliefs on a great many topics. The first subject is his personal notion of God and Creation. A very interesting and thought-provoking treatise, his explanation of his perception of the Eternal made me stop and think, weigh my own beliefs, and find them bolstered by his ideas. Well-cited and deep in its intelligence and observations, “The Boon” is not a book to be picked up and run through in one go, or even two. I would go so far as to say, like Socrates or Plato, or the Bible itself, “The Boon” is a book to be read in bits and parts, allowing these passages to soak in and to find a home in the reader’s consideration. Mr. Uttley’s observations often wind in and out of each other, wending a pathway that seems to go beyond what his original idea was. But once he brings it back to the original proposal (and he always does), all of it makes sense, and the reader is left with the feeling that it could not have come back any other way. This book is very encouraging and thought-provoking. It is one I would recommend to someone who wishes to see the world from another’s point of view, in a highly intelligent and well-researched approach. I personally will find myself referring to it often.
KKScaramuzzo More than 1 year ago
Talk About Intense! This book is very intense and contains many honest revelations. I was a little concerned that it would be a complete religious manuscript, but that was not the case. The author started out on a religious trend but went other ways through out the book. The author talked about his new holistic approach to life and how hard he tried to maintain it. When he began to rant, he lost his job and basically had to look to another way to control himself. This is basically a person’s journey through the mysteries of his life and the complications of his illness. It is a very straightforward and honest look at the problems and struggles he went through. This book is a very intense read and not for the faint of heart. Many of the situations in this book would disturb many people. That being said, it is a great view into the life of person with this illness. I appreciate the honesty and the bravery it took to write this book. When you read this book, be on the look out for his theories on Styrofoam and liver flukes. They are most entertaining and interesting. At times this book tended to wander a bit and had trouble following it. Each time it did manage to get me back to the original thought. Due to this, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.