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The Answer to the Riddle Is Me

A Memoir of Amnesia
MacLean, David (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"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 lyrics and scenes from television shows, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he loved. All of these symptoms, it turned out, were the result of the commonly prescribed malarial medication he was taking. Upon his return to the States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life in a harrowing, absurd, and unforgettable journey back to himself.
Authors: MacLean, David, 1974-
Title: The answer to the riddle is me
a memoir of amnesia
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2014
Characteristics: 292 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: David Stuart MacLean
Summary: "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 lyrics and scenes from television shows, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he loved. All of these symptoms, it turned out, were the result of the commonly prescribed malarial medication he was taking. Upon his return to the States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life in a harrowing, absurd, and unforgettable journey back to himself.
ISBN: 9780547519272
0547519273
Branch Call Number: 616.85232 M1632a 2014
Subject Headings: MacLean, David, 1974- Amnesiacs Biography
Topical Term: Amnesiacs
LCCN: 2013026337
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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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Aug 27, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It's scary that a preventative medicine for Malaria could cause such awful side effects. I enjoyed this story of MacLean's journey back from amnesia.

Apr 29, 2014
  • Zoomerofall rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fascinating and well written account of a man's struggle in losing and regaining his identity. He is thoughtful as he recounts his gradual return to sanity and his realizing that the person who he is displays traits that he doesn't always like.

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