The Noonday Demon: An Atlas Of Depression – Goodreads book review

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of DepressionThe Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A lot of reviews comment on the disorganized nature of the book, and also on the privileged status of Solomon (which reads a bit as ‘what does he think he has to complain about?) Not really unfair, but neither criticism really bothered me. His personal story was interspersed between categories and into more detached analyses, but I love memoir so that’s fine by me. The interviews and accounts of other people’s experiences were also great, moving, and with some really good poetry in there. And yes, Solomon is rich and lucky in lots of ways, and perhaps takes it a little for granted. Don’t we all take our blessings for granted?

Imperfect, jumbled, but fun and absorbing and great to dip into here and there. Not a flawless book, but a very good book.

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Image – TOUZIMSKY, Josef Jakub, no known copyright restrictions.


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