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Eden Express

 
 
 
 
Eden Express
Author: Mark Vonnegut M.D.
ISBN 13: 9780440613930
ISBN 10: 440613930
Edition: 1
Publisher: Delta
Publication Date: 1998-10-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $19.00
 
 

The Eden Express describes from the inside Mark Vonnegut's experience in the late '60s and early '70s - a recent college grad; in love; living communally on a farm, with a famous and doting father, cherished dog, and prized jalopy - and then the nervous breakdowns in all their slow-motion intimacy, the taste of mortality and opportunity for humor they provided, and the grim despair they afforded as well. That he emerged to write this funny and true book and then moved on to find the meaningful life that for a while had seemed beyond reach is what ultimately happens in The Eden Express. But the real story here is that throughout his harrowing experience his sense of humor let him see the humanity of what he was going through, and his gift of language let him describe it in such a moving way that others could begin to imagine both its utter ordinariness as well as the madness we all share.

New York Times

Required reading for those who want to understand insanity from the inside.