You need your eyes, don’t you?<br>
So does Richard Issych. Two weeks ago he overdosed. Now he’s fighting for his life, finding threatening notes like that one on his nightstand.<br>
"There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes" is the story of 19-year-old Richard Issych, who wakes to a harsh new reality inside an inpatient unit. Now Richard’s journey turns into one of revelations and struggling through his own reasons for being as he discovers new meanings for redemption, sacrifice, hope, love—and the will to live. <br>
In the end, what are the reasons Noah packed no clothes? Richard can only imagine. But it has something to do with a size 3XL bowling shirt with the name “Noah” stitched over the pocket.<br>
There are reasons . . . everyone uses his own dictionary.<br>
There are reasons . . . some new heavens come from some new hells.<br>
There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes
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I really enjoyed this story, Richard is truly a character with many layers and a lot of inner conflict. I found some of the situations he got himself into very funny, the outcome was not always what he expected it to be. Especially when he went into the women's ward. I also loved when Eugene, Vic, Richard, and Philip went out on the town and Eugene really wanted a hot dog. That was really funny. All the scenes in the book were not funny though. When Richard was talking about what happened at the lake when he was a child it really pulled at my heart strings. All in all Robert Jacoby really can spin a great story, the situations he created were true to life. The end of the story was amazing and really a twist on the entire plot, and it really made me think. I really like the story of the bowling shirt. I would love to read more of this amazing author's work.
There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes gets you inside of a mind with someone who tried to leave the world. It takes you through a journey of what it is like on the inside of a mental hospital. While reading such an intruding book, you are captivated into wanting to know more. The characters within the book, the conversations that took off, you never knew where a conversation would end or where it would pick up later. Who knew they "saltpetered" the ice cream. Would you think that? Richard is the main character, you get inside his head. Once you are inside his thinking, you began to wonder if you second-guessing his decisions, just as he is. You realize how people think, and it is not just you, or how you process things, but everyone is not perfect in their own thinking. This book is so well-written, I did get lost in some places, but it doesn’t change my mind that I would suggest others to give it a try. It isn’t something that you would think you love to read about, but even reading you are wondering if it will make to Hollywood Movies, and I think it will! Captivating is an understatement.
Like "Finnegans Wake", the novel "There are Reason's Noah Packed No Clothes" ends just where it begins. The first sentence completes the last. The author is advising us: this is a cycle neverending. Our protagonist is 19-year old Richard Issych, who awakens to consciousness in a mental hospital after an unsuccessful attempt to overdose on Quaaludes. Born again, Richard emerges into his new world like a baby, with little control of his body, unable to speak, his mind a wash of undifferentiated impressions and memory fragments. The hospital psychiatrist explains that Richard is suffering from depression -- a disease caused by a chemical imbalance. "Think of depression as wearing a different pair of glasses." "I'm wearing the wrong pair of glasses," he realizes. Over weeks, Richard is treated with anti-depressants, and begins to make friends with the other psychiatric patients in the facility. His mood improves, but Richard is derailed by the appearance of a menacing new patient named "Bug", who steals his glasses and initiates a fresh cascade of morbid and suicidal thoughts. While Richard seems to respond positively to the anti-depressants, Bug's mental disorder appears far more threatening. This is a powerful book with many skins. And like a Jungian dream, nothing is obvious. In Jacoby's hands, prose and poetry fill meaning interchangeably. "There are Reason's Noah Packed No Clothes" is thoughtful, crafted, and brilliantly written. I can't wait to see the movie.
Wow. Just, wow. I just finished this book and I find myself searching for the right words to describe how I felt while reading it. As someone who has had suicidal tendencies for more than two decades, I feel very attached to Richard's story. It hit home on so many levels, and I cried on multiple occasions (though, to be fair, it's not hard to make me cry), thinking about my own experiences: the heavy, black pressure on my heart; emotional pain at having to live through another day; believing that I wasn't good enough; and more. The stream-of-consciousness writing fit the story perfectly: like in Jose Saramago's "Blindness," or Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," the stylistic use of language helped me to know the characters and believe their histories. The ending left me reeling, which is part of the reason I can't fully express myself. I had to read the last few pages a few times to be sure that I actually read what I did. This isn't a happy-cheery-fluffy book. It's a powerful, thoughtful novel that should be absorbed slowly. I'm really happy that I read it; it's given me a lot to think about. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
(nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) Novels tell stories. If you think of, say, the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling relates Harry’s adventures as he grows up. No matter how whiny and paranoid Harry is–ref: The Order of The Phoenix–Ms. Rowling’s narrative maintains the same, reliable tone. In reading a stream-of-consciousness novel like Robert Jacoby’s brilliant “There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes,” we don’t so much hear a story as watch it unfold. Further, because we’re seeing it through the protagonist’s eyes, the narrative veracity can be suspect. More on this later. “There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes” follows 19-year-old Richard Issych from a hellish awakening after a failed suicide attempt through his apparent improvement in a mental institution. And it looks like Richard is improving. In the first pages, thoughts come in staccato, nonsensical bursts. As his head clears from his attempt–he took 27 Quaaludes–his sentences become more lucid, the thoughts more complete. Once the anti-depressants kick-in, he sounds relatively normal. There is always something off about Richard’s thinking, though. His “friendships” are essentially with people he needs (streetwise Vic, for example), or people he can’t escape (e.g.,his roommates, certain other patients who attach themselves to him). He falls in lust with a young, buxom patient named Sandy, and from their flirtation evolves a friendship of sorts, but Sandy notwithstanding, Richard insulates himself from others. This is especially true of his psychiatrist. We can hear what Richard says, as well as what he wishes he were saying. Where narrative reliability comes into play is that we can’t trust Richard’s interpretations. Because of his extremely serious depression, combined with the powerful meds he takes, we can never know how validly he places himself within the patient hierarchy. In his mind, he’s the sanest person there, and everyone else is obviously flawed, while the other “guests” could be thinking the same about themselves. His thoughts show a lot of unreleased resentment and anger, and he sees things at night that make us wonder whether he truly is delusional. “Noah” has drawn comparisons to both “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and more recent fare like “Girl, Interrupted.” These are inevitable, since most mental institutions work the same way. There are meds, dining areas, group therapy, individual therapy, squabbles with other “guests”, group field trips, etc. There may be variations in the quality of the respective staffs and facilities, but the basic rubric is the same. “There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes” will delight some readers and baffle others. The stream-of-consciousness narrative is not as impenetrable as much of James Joyce’s work, which opens “Noah” up to a broader audience, but some readers would be lost. Stylistically, it reminded me of Joyce Carol Oates’s “Zombie” (just far less serial-killery). For those who enjoy reading something with more oomph than the typical mystery or romance novel, and who are willing to delve into a novel that challenges its readers, “Noah” will prove unforgettable. (Just avoid the ice cream–that’s where they put the saltpeter) Highly recommended.
The best word that comes to mind about this book is “disconcerting.” It is definitely not a book intended to make you feel good or serve as escapism. Unfortunately, I had to read this book, when I was looking for escapism and not a book that is going to challenge me to think. The author, Robert Jacoby, does an excellent job of staying true to the mental state of the main character, Richard who tried to commit suicide and finds himself instead in a psychological institute. The first third of the book is quite disconcerting, as Richard deals with suicidal thoughts, and other issues that are too graphic to go into details here. I must admit it was impossible for me to get past this, and I had to stop reading, simply because it was just too much for me to deal with and the content was too disconcerting and graphical. I’m sure for some, this may be of interest, but for me it was excruciatingly painful, to the point where I had to stop. At the same time though, this book does not deserve the lowest ranking, simply because the author did stay true to what a mental patient may experience and be going through, and for that I give the author credit for doing the research to incorporate all of that into the story. Family Friendliness As I’ve already mentioned, the book is disturbing and the content is not appropriate for children or young adults. I would caution parents and tell them to read the book with their younger adult in order to discuss the topics that are covered. It rated a 1 out 5 on family friendliness, simply because of the mature content that is dealt with.