I enjoyed the book overall. I also felt for Michael, Greg's brother, despite him being thoroughly unlikeable at times. I read it all in one sitting. Feeling and seeing the things his brain created from his illness must have been utterly terri A short, but intensely powerful book. It's sort of a heavy burden to take on reading it because you can't really get the authors story out of your head long after putting it down. This book is so gripping that you will probably read it in a single sitting like I did. I couldnt put this book down, this waas right down my alley, I suffer from bipolar myself so anything that has to do with mental illness you can count me in.
God made him look at himself and he was a stone with a minuscule heart. It is brutally truthful however and that is what makes it a great story and book. This is one of the most moving books I've read in a long, long time. Charles Manson, Jim Jones, David Koresh. If you work in mental health, this a good book to read. I feel so much for every single person in this book. I loved reading about how each family member dealt with what was going on and did a good job of capturing all of the frustrations, grief, and love they felt.
He was Jesus being scolded by an angry Father. We were pretending, for the sake of appearances, that we had money, though the hold, rusty Rambler in our driveway must have given us away. As someone who deals with bipolar disorder, I'm open about it because I feel if more people would be, it would fight the intense stigma surrounding the illness I found this book extremely painful to read. How this man was able to enter a guilty plea when he was so clearly not fit to stand trial is a complete mystery to me. I still recommend it highly. Many of us are completely unaware of how little help there is for the mentally ill- until it strikes our own families. With the fast pace and seamless structure of the best crime writing and the moral sophistication and depth of our finest literature, Angelhead will challenge what we know about mental illness and its impact on us all.
I suspect I might be able to judge this book with more circumspect following further readings. It is a book people will talk about -- perhaps productively. I imagine that many families have, or know someone, who has or has had to deal with mental illness on some levels. Obviously he is a victim of illness, but happy that he is finally somewhere he ca What a roller coaster of emotion. I learned that what a family presents to the world can be much more different than it is in the home. While reading reviews of the book, saw that other medical people stepped up to the challenge.
It definitely wins points on the entertainment scale with its depravity. Confused on how to feel about Michael. This book cries out -screams- about the need to deal with these situations. As I continued reading it seemed to me that the author and his family blamed the brother This book was recommended by my brother. I value reason and hope for transcendence.
He had big sideburns and wavy auburn hair, was only six or seven years older than I am now, with the massive hands of a worker. He wore sin, all sin, heavy as lead shackles. We not only see the effects Michael's odd and increasingly violent behavior has on the people around him, but also come to understand how the author, now a successful writer and journalist, used the power of language and storytelling both to save himself and to forgive his brother. Angelhead a memoir kindle edition by greg bottoms download it once and read it on your kindle device pc phones or tablets use features like bookmarks note taking and highlighting while reading angelhead a memoir. Over the years Greg describes how Michael slipped further and further away from reality, hallucinations, catching things on fire, chasing his own father with an aluminum bat, sodomy prostitution and how his own family walked on eggshells around him because you never knew when he wo I just finished this book and I have to give Greg Bottoms 5 stars.
I was unable to feel much sympathy for the author. He wore sin, all sin, heavy as lead shackles. God made him look at himself and he was a stone with a minuscule heart. And then you realize the author doesn't grasp non fiction. I read it all in one sitting. This is a sad story This is a short, very well-written book about the author losing his older brother to insanity.
You never recover from a trauma like that. If I had only one complaint, it would be, more please. Still, for someone who is unfamiliar with this illness, I felt he did a superb job of describing the hell it puts a person through, the complete deterioration, although his brother seemed to have severe problems before its onset. Maybe, at ten, with my eyes barely open, I saw the future. He was Jesus being scolded by an angry Father. You never recover from a trauma like that.