The Eden Express

The Eden Express

A Memoir of Insanity

eBook - 2002
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The Eden Express describes from the inside Mark Vonnegut's experience in the late '60s and early '70s'a recent college grad; in love; living communally on a farm, with a famous and doting father, cherished dog, and prized jalopy'and then the nervous breakdowns in all their slow-motion intimacy, the taste of mortality and opportunity for humor they provided, and the grim despair they afforded as well. That he emerged to write this funny and true book and then moved on to find the meaningful life that for a while had seemed beyond reach is what ultimately happens in The Eden Express. But the real story here is that throughout his harrowing experience his sense of humor let him see the humanity of what he was going through, and his gift of language let him describe it in such a moving way that others could begin to imagine both its utter ordinariness as well as the madness we all share.
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, [2002]
Edition: First Seven Stories Press edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781609800697
1609800699
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (301 pages)

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JCLBeckyC Sep 27, 2018

This book is fantastic! It's funny and alarming, authentic and unbelievable, full of foul language and impressive literary feats. Fans of Mark's literary genius of a father, Kurt Vonnegut, will certainly dig this book, and comparisons to the elder Vonnegut's writing style certainly abound. But the younger Vonnegut's work stands on its own. Hand this memoir to anyone interested in mental health, hippies, living-off-the-grid, philosophy, religion, do-gooders, drugs--either psychedelic or psychotropic--or anyone who simply appreciates a powerful personal story of struggle, with a hopeful ending.

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Jan 21, 2014

Besides being an incredible jouney into the mind of mental illness, this book is really funny. it is very well writen and his descriptions of people are wonderful.

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