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Trauma Charlie Weir is a man who tackles other people's demons for a living He has seen every kind of trauma during his years as a psychiatrist in New YorkYet he hasn't found a way of resolving his own conflicts particularly the fatal mistake that caused his wife and daughter to leave him condemning him to corrosive loneliness and restless angerYears later he meets a beautiful but damaged woman who promises to restore his dwindling faith in both his profession and himself But as he realizes that she has become of a patient than a lover events conspire to send him reeling toward the abyss Addictive and enthralling Trauma is Patrick McGrath's most riveting work to date From the Trade Paperback edition This is a novel about the early recognition and treatment of post traumatic stress disorder The plusesEasyfast readingDecent character development The minuses Unnecessarily asks uestions than it answers Rushes to conclusion without enough depth The sense that I got reading this book was the the author had some great ideas but was rushed to publish before he could fully develop all of the elements of the book to make it great It found this book to be fairly entertaining but by no means a must read i was hesitant to read this because it got the worst reviews ever but no one can keep me from patrick mcgrath not even the new york times book review that being said it is way better than the press for it and a lot better than port mungo it doesn't have the same depth as the grotesue or spider but its still a great dark tale from one of my favorite storytellers so in this review i will simply mention other books by the author and hope that this is somehow helpful be helped Another author I've decided to check out based on the impression from his film adaptations This one to greater results than Walter Kirn McGrath is certainly a talented author his narrative is great the rest I'm not so sure about Following the maxim of psychiatrists being crazier than those they try to help Charlie Weir is a psychiatrist adrift He specializes in of course trauma and yet is so profoundly haunted by his own traumatic childhood that he finds himself unable to sustain any sort of loving relationship for a duration An interesting character certainly but he and the entire book is so lost in constant analysis that the effect is distancing and occasionally tiresome And yes according to Socrates the unexamined life isn't worth living but I'm not uite sure examining it to such extent is a great idea either I suppose your opinion of psychiatry is integral to your enjoyment of this book Another thing is that McGrath's writing is often referred to as gothic Well unless the definition has changed and uick internet search shows that it hasn't with exception of a particularly atmospheric asylum setting towards the end this really isn't gothic at all Didn't matter to me but might to some It's dark but of a distinctly different penumbral variety A specific brand of bleak sanity uestioning meditation on the subtleties of madness Compelling enough and uick enough of a read to get through in one afternoon but not uite engaging enough to pun alert go crazy over I like books that have a first sentence that pulls the reader in Patrick McGrath does this really well; Paul Auster is another author that excels with these killer opening lines Trauma opens with these linesMy mother's first depressive illness occurred when I was seven years old and I felt it was my fault I felt I should have prevented it This was about a year before my father left usAnd so along with the title we are left in no doubt that we are about to read a story about depression suicide dysfunctional families relationships and other mental illnesses The novel is told from the viewpoint of Charlie Weir From the beginning we find out about his mother who in her latter years drank and smoked heavily was depressed and lived in sualor His father was only a periodic presence in his childhood and his mother and father had a violent relationship Charlie has an argumentative relationship with his older brother Walter Both Charlie and Walter seem to thrive on their arguments and their dad would often encourage them to argue and fight when they were children Walt and I could get angry at each other in seconds It alarmed others It worried Agnes my wife to whom I was still married at the time when she first saw it happen that two otherwise civilized men could so uickly become so abusiveAt the point the book starts Charlie has been separated from his wife Agnes for seven years though he is still in touch with her and his daughter Cassie Agnes is now married to Leon a fireman but Charlie lives alone Oh and Charlie is a psychiatrist who specialises in trauma especially trauma experienced by war veterans As the book is set in late 1970s New York there are a lot of Vietnam veterans that need help The story dips into the past freuently and we discover that he met Agnes through her brother Danny who was one of Charlie's Vietnam patients Danny rarely talked about what happened in Vietnam but it is hinted that the failure of Charlie's and Agnes's marriage had something to do with Danny's treatment Previous McGrath books that I've read have had a gothic andor horror feel to them but Trauma is told in a short punchy style reminiscent of an old US detective story There is also a lot of smoking drinking and sleeping around which all adds to the seedy feeling of the book which is the effect that McGrath is presumably after All the characters are in some way damaged and yet none including Charlie seem to be enthusiastic about getting professional help So we view these characters at times when they're at their lowest McGrath handles this excellently as they could so easily become stereotypes but each character is believeable if not particularly likeable So the main thrust of the story is to see whether Charlie can resolve the issues concerning Danny and his marriage breakup as well as his relationships with his mother and brother As the book progresses there are enough revelations of everyone's past history to keep the novel ticking over at uite a speed In the blurb on the back the book was regularly described as a thriller and whilst I can see that it could be described as such I prefer Hilary Mantel's description of it 'The novel works beautifully as a sober tightly written character study'When reading novels I always pick out and save uotations Trauma had several good 'one liners' but I especially liked this longer one    I often wondered how it would be to tramp off into the mountains and keep going until I was exhausted then simply sink into the snow and fall asleep Then the wolves could have me   To want to die in the forest and be eaten by wolves another marker of incipient madnessI couldn't help but look at some other reviews before reading the book and was a little surprised to see many bad reviews The criticisms were mainly that the characters were unlikeable they drank and smoked constantly the ending was rushed and some thought the ending was predictable Well I didn't think the ending was rushed it was just that the novel did pick up speed a little near the climax At least it wasn't one of those enigmatic 'work it out for yourself' type of endings I thought the ending was uite 'natural' and believeable; McGrath wasn't trying to concoct an ending that was overly clever just to confound those readers that pride themselves on working it out Now I'll have to sort out what my next McGrath book will be

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