torachan: (Default)
Title: My Lobotomy
Author: Howard Dully
Number of Pages: 272 pages
Book Number/Goal: 9/30 for 2010
My Rating: 3.5/5

In 1960 at age twelve, Howard was given a lobotomy for reasons that basically boiled down to his step-mother didn't like him and Dr Walter Freeman really loved giving people lobotomies (he did about 3500 total).

It's a pretty horrifying story and the behaviour of the doctor, the step-mother, and Howard's father, who just went along with everything, was totally reprehensible. It's very much not pleasant reading.

It's also not pleasant reading because Howard is just not a sympathetic character. I have sympathy for him because no one deserves what was done to him, but the people he describes himself being at each point over the years and the person he is as the author telling the story are just not very likable.


Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags