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. A deeply felt, closely researched, and intensely personal book, The Answer to the Riddle Is Me, drawn from MacLean's award-winning This American Life essay, confronts and celebrates the dark, mysterious depths of our psyches and the myriad ways we are all unknowable, especially to ourselves. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
ISBN: 9780547519272
Branch Call Number: 616.8523 MAC
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 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?!

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.

LPL_TriciaK 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.

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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