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by Jennifer Higgie

  • ISBN: 1933128127
  • Category: Photo and Art
  • Author: Jennifer Higgie
  • Subcategory: Individual Artists
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sternberg Press (October 3, 2006)
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • FB2 size: 1470 kb
  • EPUB size: 1115 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 973
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Jennifer Higgie In 1842 an English artist accompanied a former mayor on a Grand Tour of Europe and the Middle East. Within a year he had become a devotee of the Egyptian god Osiris and murdered his beloved father, believing him to be an impostor. Bedlam is a novel inspired by a year in the life of Richard Dadd, a great Victorian painter and inmate of London's Bethlem Hospital – more commonly known as Bedlam. Established in 1962, the MIT Press is one of the largest and most distinguished university presses in the world and a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, art, social science, and design.

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Reviews about Bedlam (7):
Man! I so wanted to like this book - and had high hopes. I do believe that the author writes well - technically. What I struggled with is the speeches that went on and on. What was/is the plot? In order to have a book that most people would like - the reader has to identify with the characters, or be interested in what is going to happen next (the plot). At over half-way through, I'm thinking of abandoning this book. Despite the critical acclaim, I just can't get involved with it - I'm not finding characters I want to invest in and nothing seems to be happening, other than observations and lengthy discourses. I do believe that the dinner parties (and their speeches) are historically accurate, but as a modern reader I don't want to spend limited free time with expounding characters. Endlessly .
Seems very thoroughly researched and really makes you feel, see, and even smell the horror of this legendary madhouse. The problem for me is its unflagging, relentless grimness. Noplace I'd want to visit.
I too hope that those who read the reviews that only gave this book one and two stars will give this wonderful book a chance. For those of us who truly enjoy a very well written book that one has to take the time to read and enjoy,not just rush through for the sake of reading a book, this was one of those books. I found myself reading slowly to enjoy the book longer and loving the way it was written.
The story about maddness and being a lunatic in that time period was eye-opening and at times sad and overwhelming to think about. You will feel for the situation of all the parties in the book and the struggles they had to endure.
This is a book with lots of history and details written into it so you could feel the fustrations and maddness at times in the situations, maybe Greg Hollingshead had that in mind and those that felt it the most didn't like the effort needed to read the book.
This is going to be a very easy book review, for the fact that I simply could not make myself finish this novel.

Taking place at the end of the 18th century in England, the novel centers around James Tilly Matthews, a man who has been institutionalized seemingly without reason. The time period in which this novel takes place, if you happened to have opposite political views, you could be jailed, killed, or institutionalized. Both Margaret Matthews, his wife, and the chief apothecary of the institution, John Haslam, are struggling to find the reason that James is institutionalized.

Though this is based on historical events, I could not make myself continue reading this book. I was interested at the very beginning, and the further I went, the further my mind slipped away from it. Maybe I'll pick it up one day and finish it, but right now, I just can't.

I would recommend this for anyone that enjoys historical fiction. Maybe you'll have better luck than I did with it.
Several times I thought about giving up on Bedlam by Greg Hollingshead (on page 58, on page 176 and so on). What keep me reading was that I wondered whether I would have escaped being thrown in a mad house if I had lived in London at the turn of the nineteenth century, as had Jamie Matthews.
I see now that it was the enigmatic and slightly confusing tale of Jamie's possibly wrongful confinement of over 20 years in Bethlem Hospital for the insane that kept me reading. If I could have come to the conclusion that he was insane and that this story was simply a dreary tale of his mistreatment, I perhaps would have put the book down. If I could have surmised that he was in fact confined because he came up on the wrong side of a political situation, I also perhaps would have put the book down. What kept me reading was the fact that I couldn't make up my mind even to the very end.
The true genius of Hollingshead's book lies in the depth and complexity of the two main characters, Jamie Matthews and the John Haslam (Bethlem's apothecary), drawing you from one side to the other. Sometimes Jamie's ravings have just enough sense to make you believe his sanity, then something about them pushes it just past normal and you can see why he is committed. Likewise, John Haslam's treatment of the patients at Bethlem seems as times a life of dedication to serving the unfortunate in the best way he knows how, and at others times it is a self-serving project to further his own notoriety. In both cases, for both characters the answer is that it is all true. Rarely has there been such a wonderful portrayal of contradictions of the human condition.
On page 436, the words of Jamie's devote wife Margaret sum up this portrayal of mental illness with a truth that persists to this day:
"Perhaps in an imperfect world you don't find intelligence at its keenest pitch without some touch of [madness]. Perhaps there needs a certain pressure, heating the thoughts until they glow, and glowing ignite yours and by that sympathy show you more than you could ever see on your own, but then the brilliance grows too hot, fever sets in, and all common sense is lost, and that connexion is betrayed."
I would recommend this book to everyone, only don't complain to me as you slog through it. Wait and patiently persist and it you will discover it's true brilliance.
I'm saddened by the reviews finding this book a difficult read and hope they scare no one away. Hollingshead presents a confusing subject matter in an gripping manner with plain language. At the conclusion of the novel I'm left haunted by the characters and contemplating the many issues the author raised: the nature of madness and reality, the enduring power of love, and the bewildering effects of twisted kindness.
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I wanted to give up on this novel because it is so confusing. I usually enjoy a challenging read that requires my attention and memory, but I found many passages in this book that I could not decipher. I kept going because I thought at some point everything would fall into place. After slogging through the entire book, I felt I had wasted my time.

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