As I read the first few pages of this book, I cannot help the tears flowing and my heart sinking......depression, family dysfunctions, addiction and obsession- my past, present and future. Toews writing is so honest and it hurts and haunts!
It's difficult to understand what depression must be like. One sentence in the book strikes me as very insightful: There are no windows within the dark house of depression through which to see others, only mirrors (p. 179). As I started reading "All My Puny Sorrows", I can see some parallel family stories in Swing Low, and somehow want to know more about Elvira. I wonder if she'll write about her someday.
A very good book.
Those who suffer from depression, will understand
described suffering. Brings tears.
A fictional account of her father's life. He suffered from severe depression and eventually committed suicide. He had a successful life as a teacher, but his depression took a toll on his family. Toews helps us to understand what it was like without attempting to offer solutions.
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