The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity

The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity

by Mark Vonnegut, Kurt Vonnegut

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The Eden Express describes from the inside Mark Vonnegut’s experience in the late ’60s and early ’70s—a recent college grad; in love; living communally on a farm, with a famous and doting father, cherished dog, and prized jalopy—and then the nervous breakdowns in all their slow-motion intimacy, the taste of mortality and opportunity for humor they provided, and the grim despair they afforded as well. That he emerged to write this funny and true book and then moved on to find the meaningful life that for a while had seemed beyond reach is what ultimately happens in The Eden Express. But the real story here is that throughout his harrowing experience his sense of humor let him see the humanity of what he was going through, and his gift of language let him describe it in such a moving way that others could begin to imagine both its utter ordinariness as well as the madness we all share.

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ISBN-13: 9781609800697
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 347 KB

About the Author

After writing The Eden Express, MARK VONNEGUT went to medical school. He lives with his wife and two children in Milton, Mass., where he is a full-time practicing pediatrician.

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The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are only a handful of memoirs about schizophrenia, and this book and 'The Quiet Room' are probably the best ones available. The author apparently inherited his father's excellent writing and storytelling abilities, as this is an engaging and insightful description of life in the 1960s and the descent into and emergence from schizophrenia. The description of the illness alone makes the book worth reading, and is in some ways reminiscent of 'Darkness Visible' and 'The Bell Jar'. The book is also quite humorous. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it was first published in the 1970's and it remains one of my favorite books of all time. In fact, I still remember the last line in the book and you will too if you read this book. This is an often tragic, yet funny and poignant book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was certainly original, interesting and entertaining. It puts a great spin on the hippie generation. The vantage point is great and the story is unique. I recommend this book to anyone interested in psychology but more importantly to anyone interested in the roots of hippiedom.
danconsiglio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very scary, very visceral description of Vonnegut's struggles w/ schizophrenia. I feel a little guilty about being so entertained by someone else's suffering, but this is why Behind the Music is so successful. Mark's writing deals much more w/ internal action than his dad's. He spends a lot of time studying his own perceptions of and reactions to the world around him. His writing becomes very ominous in that you can never tell when the walls are going to gradually start melting and the giant laughing purple face will show up again. Very different than Kurt's holistic rejection of suspense.
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