The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer (309 p.)
Read Februari 24 - March 6
Skrev tidigare om boken på svenska på Litterarum.
As usual, I will write the reviews of the English books I've read in English.
Nathan Filer's debut is a beautifully written story about Matt's descent into the mental illness that happens to sound like a slithering snake: schizophrenia. Matt tells us his story, beginning from when he was a child when something terrible happened. His older brother, Simon, died suddenly. Not only is this a book about mental illness, but about loss, grief and coping as well.
The writing style is interesting in the way that it alters with Matt's notes on the hospital computer and the notes he makes on the typewriter his grandmother gives him. The reader is experiencing the text at the same time that Matt is writing it, creating a very "here and now" atmosphere.
I rarely cry when reading books, but it was really close this time.