Austin Mardon was on track for success in 1992. Newly graduated, he had just returned from a NASA mission to the Antarctic, and his dream of becoming a geographer was coming true. Then, unexpectedly, Austin's life fell to pieces when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. This is a story about coming to terms with an illness feared above all others, and one man's fight for a life that most people take for granted.
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While reading this book, I can see that Campbell had a special connection with Mardon. Although in the beginning, Campbell had their reservations when first meeting with Mardon because of the status that Mardon has established, Campbell was able to convey the true essence of the purpose of the book. What I found most interesting about the book was the beginning. Mardon’s fascination with genealogy was conveyed in the opening parts of the book and the unravelling of the history of Schizophrenia in family began. The interesting part was how far the history of Schizophrenia in Mardon’s family went and how the disease affected Mardon today. I also really enjoyed the structure of the book. At first glance it seems to be a standard book, however if you continue to read it is more of an interview. I enjoyed how it was in the perspective of the author and how the reader is allowed to tap into a different perspective of who Austin Mardon was. In comparison to his other books, one in particular “Thriving With Schizophrenia” Mardon discusses his struggles and how he is coping with his mental illness. Whereas this book, Campbell is more of a surface encounter whom represents society’s perception of individuals who have a mental illness. Nevertheless, Campbell showed great interest in Mardon and it shows in their writing. I highly suggest picking up this book if you’re looking for a good read.