By Michael Greenberg
A TIME top publication OF THE 12 months Hurry Down Sunshine is a rare kin tale and a memoir of remarkable strength. In it, Michael Greenberg recounts in brilliant element the striking summer time while, on the age of fifteen, his daughter was once struck mad. It starts with Sally's unexpected visionary crack-up at the streets of Greenwich Village, and maintains, between different locations, within the out-of-time international of a big apple psychiatric ward throughout the city's so much sweltering months. it's a story of a kinfolk damaged open, then painstakingly, movingly stitched jointly back. between Greenberg's unforgettable solid of characters are an unconventional psychiatrist, an Orthodox Jewish sufferer, a manic Classics professor, a film manufacturer, and a landlord with literary aspirations. Unsentimental, nuanced, and deeply humane, Hurry Down Sunshine is key examining within the literature of disorder along classics comparable to woman, Interrupted and An Unquiet brain.
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Her heart-shaped face is so vivid it alarms me. It occurs to me, not for the first time, that I’m out of my depth with a daughter. I grew up one of five brothers in a demimonde of half-wild boys. My father spent most of his life dealing scrap metal from a warehouse near the waterfront in Brooklyn. In our home the feminine side of the world was almost nonexistent. When she goes to kick the can again, I place a hand on her shoulder to stop her. Irritably she shakes me off. ” She bites her lip so hard the blood goes out of it.
I have an idea of the treatment she’ll undergo—a powerful narcoleptic cocktail, chemotherapy of the brain. I’ve seen the result of this cocktail, we all have. I can’t imagine Sally being blunted like that: staring at the world from behind a scratched shield of plastic, the bulletproof kind you see in liquor stores and cabs. ” I return to the examination room to talk it over with Pat, still hoping to figure out a way to take Sally home. A nurse is drawing her blood. When she removes the needle a single drop falls on Sally’s dress: an oblong crimson stain.
His superstition was rooted in the almost telepathic empathy between them. He instinctively understood the scorched loneliness of Lucia’s condition. Madness wrenches us from the common language of life, the language that Joyce too had departed from, or surpassed. We all fear at some point that “our” world and “the” world are hopelessly estranged. Psychosis is the fulfillment of that fear. One is reminded of the manic patient in a lie detector test who was asked if he was Napoleon. “No,” he replied.