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Looking for fictional works on mental illness

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Sep 4, 2006, 6:40pm

I have just finished reading Set this house in order by Matt Ruff and I was wondering if there were any more good fictional books set around mental illnesses? This particular book by Ruff is based on Multiple Personality Disorder but I'd be interested in any fictional book based on any mental illness but it has to be credible and believable!

2danamanian First Message
Sep 5, 2006, 3:37am

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon is a very popular treatment of autism with 72!! reviews.

Diary of a Madman by Nikolai Gogol is a classic short story, whose title has been borrowed by people from Lu Xun to Ozzie Ozbourne.

Epilepsy is prominent in two main characters in The Idiot by Dostoevsky, who also dealt with compulsive gambling in The Gambler.

3lisirose First Message
Sep 5, 2006, 6:42am

I highly recommend I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb. It is long, about 900 pages, but worth it. It was also Oprah's book club choice for June 1998.

Sep 5, 2006, 9:55am

A lot of Pat Barker's books are about mental illness, but thus far I have only read the Regeneration trilogy (Regeneration, The Eye in the Door and The Ghost Road). I HIGHLY recommend them.

Sep 5, 2006, 11:27am

Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is pretty good.

Sep 5, 2006, 11:41am

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Sep 5, 2006, 11:42am

The Rack by A. E. Ellis, which is the pen name used by Derek Lindsay, is very good.

Sep 7, 2006, 10:13pm

One that stood out for me was Spider by Patrick McGrath. It was a look into the mind of a schizophrenic.

Another was Enduring Love by Ian McEwan in which one man was stalked by another person with an obsessive psychiatric disorder.

Sep 8, 2006, 2:22pm

I just got Observatory Mansions, which I have not read yet. From the description, however, it sounds like it would appeal to someone who enjoyed Set This House in Order

10dclements First Message
Sep 29, 2006, 1:47pm

"I never promised you a rosegarden" by Joanne Greenberg is a classic on paranoid schitzophrenia.

11Kraft First Message
Sep 29, 2006, 5:37pm

Hi! Flaubert´s "Madame Bovary" is something like a classic for embedding of a mental illness into fiction. Although i am not sure about the diagnosis for Madame Bovary, the book is also famous among psychologists, since Flaubert managed to describe matching symptoms over the lifetime of his heroine - 30 years before Freud had his breakthrough.
But beware: the book might be interesting for psychologists, in my eyes it is just the boring (hyper-sedative, if you want to say so) story of a dissaffected bitch.

Aug 25, 2007, 6:11am

A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar, though its non-fiction (Biography)...

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I just finished The Muse Asylum by David Czuchlewski and loved it. It delves into the depths of paranoia.

Aug 25, 2007, 8:28am

I would characterize Emma Bovary as a very unhappy woman, thank you very much, whose life spiraled out of control. The slur was unnecessary.

Aug 25, 2007, 11:45am

Daniel Keyes, author of Flowers for Algernon, wrote a couple of books (fiction & nonfiction) dealing with multiple personality. Take a look at his author page.

Aug 25, 2007, 12:44pm

Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance has mental illness as a basic theme.
Whatever its official classification, though, to me it reads like non-fiction as well as fiction.