Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ink Slinger's Whimsey: A Year in Review: WITS' Top 15 Book Picks for 2010

Book Title: Memoirs from the Asylum
Author: Kenneth Weene
ISBN: 978-0984421954
Publisher: All Things that Matter Press, 2010

This tragi-comedic novel takes the reader inside the asylum, inside the worlds of three central characters: a narrator who has taken refuge from his fears of the world, a psychiatrist whose own life has been damaged by his father's depression, and a catatonic schizophrenic whose world is trapped inside a crack in the wall opposite her bed. The best aspect of the book is how the author has written from the perspective or inner thoughts of the characters. This is done with such realism, understanding and truth that it is easy to relate with the patient’s fears, frustrations, joys and triumphs. It is obvious that the author is writing from a deeper understanding of human motivation and psychosis. His treatment of his characters is compassionate and without judgment, allowing the reader to formulate their own opinions and confront their own preconceptions and prejudices. Well crafted, Memoirs from the Asylum proves itself in the great tradition of writing.

Thank you for this great review!


  1. An excellent author whose work I always look forward to reading as I know it will be enjoyable yet make me think.

  2. Thank you for mentioning our list and giving this excellent author additional attention. Ken’s book, Memoirs From The Asylum, ranks with the best writing and is not to be overlook. Let me know if you are willing to host for any of the virtual tours I manage or if you are looking for responsive hosts for tours of your own.