The Answer to the Riddle Is Me

The Answer to the Riddle Is Me

A Memoir of Amnesia

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
ISBN: 9780547519272
0547519273
Branch Call Number: 616.85232 M1632a 2014
Characteristics: 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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multcolib_karene Jan 06, 2016

A horrifying story of the author's psychotic breakdown caused by an allergic reaction to an anti-malarial drug. Who knew that malaria could be so fascinating to read about?!

David MacLean experienced a psychotic breakdown and amnesia from an allergic reaction to an anti-malarial drug while in India. Interspersed with his horrifying personal tale, he traces the history of malaria, anti-malarial drug dangers, and how our identity is defined by our memory.--Karen

August. 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!

Imagine closing your eyes, and when you open them you are in a place that is not familiar. You have no money or identification on you and you have no idea who you are, or why you are there.
In this memoir, MacLean shares his harrowing account of his battle with amnesia, why it happened, and how... Read More »

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 »


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multcolib_karene Jan 06, 2016

A horrifying story of the author's psychotic breakdown caused by an allergic reaction to an anti-malarial drug. Who knew that malaria could be so fascinating to read about?!

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allis082
Oct 22, 2015

Very well-written book with an inspirational page turning story. I first heard of David McLean on the moth podcast series. This book is a quick read which left me wanting more of his life story. His struggle with amnesia is heartbreaking, but he tells his story in such a way as to keep you entertained. He also addresses the medical research behind the antimalarial drug that caused his amnesia. I am anxiously waiting for more from this author.

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tkarlin
Dec 13, 2014

Waking up in a train station in India, with no idea of who he is or where is he going, the author grapples with his complete loss of memory. This frank account of what it's like to have lost your identity is riveting - you will have a hard time putting it down! And you will tell everyone you know to avoid the anti-malarial drug, Lariam.

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Zoomerofall
Apr 29, 2014

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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