The Center Cannot Hold - Elyn R. Saks

The Center Cannot Hold

By Elyn R. Saks

  • Publication Date: 2007-08-14
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
5 Score: 5 (From 63 Ratings)

Book Overview

Elyn R. Saks is an esteemed professor, lawyer, and psychiatrist and is the Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Law School, yet she has suffered from schizophrenia for most of her life, and still has ongoing major episodes of the illness. THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD is the eloquent, moving story of Elyn's life, from the first time that she heard voices speaking to her as a young teenager, to attempted suicides in college, through learning to live on her own as an adult in an often terrifying world. Saks discusses frankly the paranoia, the inability to tell imaginary fears from real ones, the voices in her head telling her to kill herself (and to harm others); as well the incredibly difficult obstacles she overcame to become a highly respected professional. This beautifully written memoir is destined to become a classic in its genre.

The title is a line from "The Second Coming," a poem by William Butler Yeats, which is alluded to in the book.

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Users Reviews

  • Inspiring

    5
    By Nytraveler
    Fantastic book, hard top put down
  • A truly eye opening experience

    5
    By Littlepiggy3000
    As the sister of someone who has been recently diagnosed with a similar mental illness as Mrs. Saks, I purchased this book with numerous reservations afraid of what I would discover. However, as her story is extremely graphic and blunt, it has helped me better understand what Schizophrenia is and how a person with this illness thinks and learns to function. I am thankful for Mrs. Saks sharing her incredible life story, I highly reccomend this book to anyone looking to read a real, brutal yet inspiring story.