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The Reflection by Hugo Wilcken

The Reflection (2015)

by Hugo Wilcken

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This story is about a cold & aloof psychiatrist who is paranoid, and slightly delusional (?), suspects he is being watched/followed. Then someone pushes him into a subway (or did he jump?). He wakes up In a mental institution. A large portion of the book takes place in the hospital where the doctors try to persuade him he is deluded, that he isn't a psychiatrist after all, but a dock worker. He decides to go along with the ruse while in hospital, but once he gets out, he continues playing the part of the dock worker. He is aware that he was a successful psychiatrist but chooses to play the part they gave him at the institution. He feels more connected to his new identity. Again he feels that someone is watching him.

A very frustrating read. The main character is so detached & unemotional that it is impossible for this reader to care what happened to him, or to care about what was really going on. I almost quit reading numerous times but because it was a short book, i pressed on, just to see how Mr. Wilken ended this bizarre tale. Book-wise, my reading went from the sublime (The Runaway) to the ridiculous (The Reflection). Don't waste your time with this one. ( )
  Icewineanne | Aug 4, 2016 |
A startling masterpiece; not quite able to suss out what transpired but happily okay with that. " ( )
  HollyBest | Jun 9, 2016 |
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