Way Out by Arthur Thomas Morton

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Way Out by Arthur Thomas Morton
Way Out by Arthur Thomas Morton

This is the true story of Eugene Uttley as he contends with schizophrenia. At first, all seems well: after graduating from university with a B.A. in English, Eugene starts working as a teacher. He sometimes struggles in his relationships but nothing is obviously wrong with him. After a while, he decides to go to South Korea as an ESL instructor. Once there, he meets Jen, and they eventually move to Jeju Island. That’s when the voices and delusions start, and Eugene’s life is turned upside-down.

Way Out: A True Account of Schizophrenia opened my eyes to what schizophrenia really is. Before, I believed that people who suffer from this mental illness experience multiple personalities but they actually hear voices, are paranoiac, and sometimes have hallucinations. In Eugene’s case, he thought he was becoming a psychic, and that the voices were aliens, celebrities, spies or spirits communicating with him. In my opinion, his way of coping was really interesting: he used acronyms to keep the voices at bay. However, the story was sometimes confusing, as it went back and forth in time. I know the author did this on purpose but I thought a chronological order would have been better to illustrate the slow descent into schizophrenia, starting with the apparition of the first voices, and then the delusions and hallucinations building in intensity. In addition, some parts of the story could have been better developed: for example, when he decided to start seeking treatment. In the end, this was a really interesting account that needed a bit more polishing up.

Way Out: A True Account of Schizophrenia was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

About the author and his work: Arthur Thomas Morton’s Website.

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Cécile Sune was born in Lyon, France, and her obsession with books started when she was 14. Her grandparents had lent her Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and she spent part of the summer indoors reading. Needless to say, her tan didn't really improve that year! It was also around that time that Cécile fell in love with the English language. Several years later, in 1999, Cécile moved to Toronto, Canada, with her cat and 5 suitcases. Her love of reading greatly increased when she discovered that English books were much cheaper than French novels. In 2013, she decided to start a blog to share her passion. Cécile now lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her husband and their daughter, and works as a freelance translator (CS Revision).

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