Eugene Uttley's intriguing new book _The Boon: Thoughts of a Schizophrenic in Remission_ is available on Amazon and SmashWords, and he is offering it free to any reviewer. He is also proposing a review swap: he reviews yours, you review his. See http://showandtell.tripod.com
Online PR News – 25-December-2012 – Bloomington/Indiana – In 2006, Eugene Uttley was in his fourth year of teaching English as a Second Language in South Korea. In the course of that year, he experienced late onset schizophrenia. Walking away from a good job, a car, and an apartment full of possessions, he followed his voices and delusions into the streets of Seoul, where he became an illegal alien. A month later, he made it back to the USA, but continued in a psychotic break with reality, untreated, for almost an entire year, traveling coast-to-coast, driven by his disturbed mind. Now, five stable years later, he has written a book about coping with schizophrenia. This book deals with the conditions which led to his onset, recounts his exploits while in psychosis, and details his recovery and his current thinking about the disorder and what it means to heal psychologically and spiritually and to be whole.
The Boon: Thoughts of a Schizophrenic in Remission draws broadly from thinkers, psychologists, and artists, quoting and commenting on excerpts from a wide array of works and touching on a number of subjects. For all its various sources, however, scholarly and pedestrian, sacred and mundane, this book manages to maintain a brisk, light pace. It is an entertaining as well as an informative read. It contains original works of poetry, prose, and dialogue written in the years building up to Uttley's psychotic break, with commentary about his mindset and the themes and images he used at that precarious time. Uttley regales the reader with wild anecdotes from his psychosis and crafts calm sketches of his current-day life as a survivor of this debilitating condition. The Boon provides an intriguing portrait of a mind and soul before, during, and after the ravages of mental illness. The author expresses the desire that it will inform readers about schizophrenia, fighting to some extent the oppressive negative stigma attached to the disorder (exacerbated by recent tragic events) and that it will inspire and encourage proactive recovery techniques in fellow-sufferers. Uttley provides his contact information in the course of the book and encourages readers to initiate a dialogue with him during or after reading. He feels that an open conversation on schizophrenia will be beneficial for all concerned.
Also noteworthy is Uttley's novel concept of the 'quid pro quo' review. All writers covet reviews in order to reach more readers. Uttley proposes to write a free review of any memoir or work of narrative or experimental nonfiction. In return, he asks that a reciprocal review be written of The Boon. Review copies of both works are to be provided without charge. For an appraisal of Uttley's writing style and a glimpse at some readers' responses to his writing, see his self-review on Amazon and GoodReads. More information is available at http://showandtell.tripod.com