Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See

Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See

eBook - 2012
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A studio executive leaves his family and travels the world giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he's been forced to hide for 20 years.

"You won't be able to put down this exhilarating debut novel... brave and touching."
--Marie Claire

In her tour-de-force first novel, Juliann Garey takes us inside the restless mind, ravaged heart, and anguished soul of Greyson Todd--a successful Hollywood studio executive who leaves his wife and young daughter for a decade to travel the world, giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he's been forced to keep hidden for almost 20 years. The novel intricately weaves together three timelines: the story of Greyson's travels (Rome, Israel, Santiago, Thailand, Uganda); the progressive unraveling of his own father seen through Greyson's childhood eyes; and the intricacies and estrangements of his marriage. The entire narrative unfolds in the time it takes him undergo twelve 30-second electroshock treatments in a New York psychiatric ward.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781616951306
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jun 09, 2013

This was a difficult book to read. I eventually got through it and found that I enjoyed about half of it. It's the tale of a bi-polar man's life told via snapshots of his life and treatment. I didn't find the subject matter to be difficult, just her style of writing.

Jun 02, 2013

It's so true to life that it isn't a really enjoyable read. Read it only if you want to see how it feels to not be able to control your moods and to show that past life experiences do not have any thing to do with these moods, otherwise we'd all be manic depressives/

May 23, 2013

This book is something of a mix between "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". Despite Greyson's shortcomings, you can't help but feel sorry for him as he struggles with his past and condition. I found myself drinking in his perspectives, feelings, thoughts, emotions and accepting them for truth. I think that this is part of what Juliann Garey was attempting to explain: that people with bipolar disorder, though aware of their distorted worldview, are nonetheless slaves to their own minds. This book is gripping and thought-provoking. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an intense, fictional read.

SLS71 Feb 22, 2013

This was an often intense and difficult read, especially if you know someone who suffers from bi-polar disorder, or any mental illness. Her writing is incredible though -- insightful and perceptive, raw and sometimes funny. She really managed to get into that character's bones, and though his breakdown was epic, I always felt there was a beating heart, that his humanity was still in there. So even though I cringed often at what Greyson did to himself and his family, I knew I was in it to the end.


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