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The main theme of this book takes a harrowing, yet sympathetic and realistic look at the way schizophrenia affects the main character, Francis Page, and how society views and treats someone in his situation. It is both topical and controversial and paints a surreal picture, full of strange landscapes which are alien to most individuals, but which are a very real part of the human condition.
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Nobody knows what causes Shhizophrenia. Modern psychiatric methods are improving all the time, but we are still in the dark ages when it comes to understanding, diagnosing and treating this disease. What is known is that the disease affects one in every hundred people throughout the world.
Schizophrenia is not a single condition, but rather a wide group of conditions under one umbrella title. No two schizophrenics experience exactly the same symptoms and the disease can range from mild to chronic. In some cases, it is never detected at all.
TALKING TO GOD allows the reader through a door, into the mind of one ficticious schizophrenic, Francis Page. His experiences are not everybody's but they are authentic nontheless. Francis is a doorman, nearing the end of his shelf-life in the bouncing game - he wants to make some real money before he retires. Francis is unhappily married with two young daughters and he also has a black girlfriend who is HIV positive. Things go downhill for Francis, his wife leaves him and his plans to make money come to nothing. He's tempted by Yardies into smuggling drugs.
Francis gets caught and goes to prison, where his violence is misunderstood and treated with strong tranquilisers and neuroleptic drugs. He kills a warder and is sent to a mental institution, where he eventually escapes. He finds his eldest daughter has become and addict and his girlfriend has been murdered. Francis goes on a revenge spree, killing everyone he considers responsible. He hears voices and believes he's talking to God - and God's telling him to kill.From the Author:
I almost died writing this book. Don't read it - unless you want your mind messed with.
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Book Description Merlin Publishing, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0863278566