The Answer to the Riddle Is Me
a memoir of amnesia
This is an amazing book! It's the story of the author's psychotic breakdown and amnesia due to the malarial drug, Lariam, which he took while in India on a writing fellowship. This extremely well-written book is also a fascinating exploration of malaria, Lariam, and the relationship between one's... Read More »
David MacLean's horrifying tale of his allergic reaction to an anti-malarial drug while in India. Interspersed with his memories of losing his memory, he explores the history of malaria, anti-malarial drug dangers, and how identity is defined by our memory. Fascinating!
"In 2002, at age twenty-eight, David MacLean "woke up" in a foreign land with his memory wiped clean. No money. No passport. No identity. Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. Soon he could remember song ly... Read More »
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