Memoirs From the Asylum follows three main characters as the reader learns not only what brought them to the asylum, how they survive that experience, but more importantly what they learn from it. Two of the three are patients–one a narrator who describes not only the day to day life of the hospital but also explores his own weird background, and the other a catatonic schizophrenic who see what may be greater truth, memory, or simply hallucination in the crack in the wall opposite her bed. The third principle character is a young psychiatrist, whose own hold on reality is perhaps more tenuous than that of the inmates.
In the midst of this weirdness, in a world where madness prevails, and that often in the name of normal society, enter an elephant. Yes, a rampaging elephant, and that brings more sanity to the asylum than all the pills that can be mustered.
This is a work about the tragi-comedic nature of life.
By: Kenneth Weene
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