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The Shock of the Fall

por Nathan Filer

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Struggling to understand what happened to his brother years earlier after they both snuck out of the house during the middle of the night, Matthew believes he has found a way to bring his brother back by going off his meds.
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would read again. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
Matthew is opgenomen in een inrichting en houdt daar een dagboek bij over zijn jeugd. Toen hij negen was overleed zijn oudere broer Simon.
Wat is er precies gebeurd; welke rol speelde Matthew bij de dood van Simon?
D.m.v. het lettertype zie je in welke fase Matthew is; deels tikt hij op een ouderwetse typemachine (met vervagend lint) en tijdens zijn opname in de psychiatrische kliniek gebruikt hij een computer.
Ook zijn hier en daar wat tekeningetjes opgenomen.
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  Cromboek | Dec 27, 2020 |
"Reading is a bit like hallucinating."

The book tells the story of Matthew Homes, whose entire life is turned upside down after the death of his older brother Simon whilst on holiday some 10 years previously. It is apparent from the outset that Matthew had some hand in Simon's death but what really happened that night? What is clear is that soon afterwards Matthew's own life begins to spiral downward, and it’s clear he will never recover from his brother's death.

The story is told from Matthew's first-person perspective throughout and consists of both handwritten diary entries and entries typed on a typewriter, as well as letters. The narrative is stark and disjointed and the reader is given an in-depth insight in to Matthew’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours. The narrative isn't told in chronological order but features many time jumps, from the time before Simon's death and Mathew's present hospitalisation but despite it's complex structure it is relatively easy to follow.

Matthew feels responsible for Simon’s death and his schizophrenia stems from his grief. He is an intelligent, emotional and at times funny young man struggling to cope with a very cruel and debilitating illness . He is an well-written, three dimensional character who made me run the full gamut of emotions as did his other family members.

Matthew’s grandmother,“Nanny-Noo”, is the first to realise that Matthew’s illness is taking over his life, and that he needs urgent help. Matthew’s parents are both suffering from their own overwhelming grief and it’s clear that they also blame Matthew for his brother’s death, and they struggle to help Matthew with his mental health issues.

"Some memories refuse to be locked in time and place, they are always present."

Be warned: his novel explores schizophrenia in great detail, including episodes of psychosis, dissociation, hallucinations and self-destructive behaviours. Matthew is eventually admitted to a psychiatric hospital and we are given a fairly depressing view of such institutions. Ultimately Matthew decides to face his demons and we eventually find out just how Simon died.

As previously stated this book explores mental illness but it also shines a bright light on grief and how it can affect lives. Overall I found this a compelling read but I must admit that I preferred (if that is really the right word) reading the first two thirds or so of it which largely featured Matthew's younger years as the illness was developing rather than later section which I found rather repetitive despite realising that this was a deliberate ploy by the author to show Matthew's fractured mental state.

I was initially drawn to this book because my own son suffers from schizophrenia, although thankfully not yet as seriously, so I was interested in reading a little more about the illness. But you don't have to know someone who is suffering from mental illness to get something from it and as such I would heartily recommend it. ( )
  PilgrimJess | May 31, 2020 |
I have no experience on which to base a judgement on the book's authority on schizophrenia, but I will say it was written so effectively I believed every word.

Matthew Homes, a 19-year old schizophrenia patient, looks back at the death of his older brother Simon, who had had Down Syndrome and died during a family vacation 10 years earlier. Matthew misses him terribly and feels responsible for his death and for the subsequent descent of his mother into madness. The problem is that he can't remember exactly what happened, and he begins to write the story of his family to come to grips with the event. His telling is interspersed with descriptions of his illness as it happens, with some very believable occurrences of thoughts sliding from one thing to another and an insecurity as to what has actually happened versus what he thought or dreamed about during the same period. The descriptions of his loving family and of what he remembers of his childhood are superb. There's no hard and fast ending to his illness, but there is a conclusion that is most satisfying. Just wonderful. ( )
  auntmarge64 | May 28, 2020 |
After a night sojourn Matt's brother is dead. As Matt struggles to come to terms with the families loss he descends into mental illness and schizophrenia.

He grows up and eventually goes back to school, the story takes in the dips and troughs of his mental health. He moves out from home and in with a school friend where he manages to get a low paid job. But his mental heath problems resurface and you get a stark sense of the pain he is in as well as the way that the care system works.

It is written as a first person narrative, from Matt's point of view and scatter through the book are several letters mixed in from his doctor. It uses different styles and fonts to give show where he is at any one point in time, which I think works fairly well.

From not liking it at first, the story grew on me. Mental health is so often pushed under the carpet as people rarely know how to deal with it, and the people that suffer from it. This book will hopefully do much more to raise awareness of this debilitating illness. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
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It's an unsettling read but a perceptive and moving one. One image stayed with me. Matthew refers to his life as "watching my helium balloon slowly die".
 

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