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As soon as Ross David Burke finished his autobiographical novel in November 1985, he took a massive overdose of drugs and ended a life that had been plagued for more than ten years by paranoid schizophrenia. Written in mental hospitals, jails, and while Ross was functioning in the community, his account is an intense, intimate portrait of the inner life of a schizophrenic. As soon as Ross David Burke finished his autobiographical novel in November 1985, he took a massive overdose of drugs and ended a life that had been plagued for more than ten years by paranoid schizophrenia. Written in mental hospitals, jails, and while Ross was functioning in the community, his account is an intense, intimate portrait of the inner life of a schizophrenic. The author writes with ease and grace, blending vivid imagery, a wry sense of humor, and the raw poetry of rock and roll.


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As soon as Ross David Burke finished his autobiographical novel in November 1985, he took a massive overdose of drugs and ended a life that had been plagued for more than ten years by paranoid schizophrenia. Written in mental hospitals, jails, and while Ross was functioning in the community, his account is an intense, intimate portrait of the inner life of a schizophrenic. As soon as Ross David Burke finished his autobiographical novel in November 1985, he took a massive overdose of drugs and ended a life that had been plagued for more than ten years by paranoid schizophrenia. Written in mental hospitals, jails, and while Ross was functioning in the community, his account is an intense, intimate portrait of the inner life of a schizophrenic. The author writes with ease and grace, blending vivid imagery, a wry sense of humor, and the raw poetry of rock and roll.

30 review for When the Music's Over: My Journey into Schizophrenia

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This is my absolute favorite book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    As I read this book I could not help but feel crazy myself. It could have simply been the weather but after reading of Sphere's schizophrenic delusions, I couldn't help but think that maybe everything in my world is made up. It became too easy to relate and believe the things that were written. I felt as thought I had really gotten to know Ross David Burke, and actually liked him and almost would have liked to been involved in some of his adventures. Almost. The catch is that Burke is a schizoph As I read this book I could not help but feel crazy myself. It could have simply been the weather but after reading of Sphere's schizophrenic delusions, I couldn't help but think that maybe everything in my world is made up. It became too easy to relate and believe the things that were written. I felt as thought I had really gotten to know Ross David Burke, and actually liked him and almost would have liked to been involved in some of his adventures. Almost. The catch is that Burke is a schizophrenic who commits suicide and spends much of his adult life seeking treatment for his illness. Most of the book is false. Many of the adventures never happened, but for the reader it is easy to forget this fact. There are rare moments when the non-ill Burke shines through and you get to know the true story. An example is when he admits that the love of his life Elysium Dream,the center of many of the tales, were only together for three weeks. In the beginning of the book there is a biography of Ross David Burke that outlines most of his life. This is how the reader becomes aware that most of the tales are delusions are false. I would highly recommend reading this after finishing the novel. It seems more appropriate.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katelynn

    I read this book for a book report that I did in Abnormal Psychology. I cannot say that this was a good book, nor can I say it was a bad book. If you want to learn more about what is going on inside the mind of a schizophrenic, then this is the book for you. I will warn you it is disturbing at times and can be hard to understand. I think it is very interesting anyway.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathie Quinn Yang

    When I was 14, I wrote that I wished I could read a book about someone else who was completely in their head. I think this is it. An interesting insight into schizophrenia.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeanique

    Wow, this book and my mind reeling, it really does give you a perspective of Schizophrenia that many people never see, it humanizes it. Excellent.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Silvio

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