The Eden Express

The Eden Express The Eden Express

  • Title: The Eden Express
  • Author: Mark Vonnegut
  • ISBN: 9780275225308
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Eden Express

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    • Mark Vonnegut

      Mark Twain Vonnegut is an American pediatrician and memoirist He is the son of the late writer Kurt Vonnegut, Jr and his first wife, Jane Cox He is also the brother of Edith and Nanette Vonnegut He described himself in the preface to his 1975 book as a hippie, son of a counterculture hero, B.A in religion, with a genetic disposition to schizophrenia.

    659 thoughts on “The Eden Express

    • The Eden Express was written by Kurt Vonnegut's son Mark, and is a memoir of his struggles with schizophrenia, or his struggles with, what he once called, "apocalypse, shit storms, and eternal truths."The first 70 pages of this 214 page book were pretty slow, and barely interesting. They mainly describe Mark's post graduate life, his relationship with his girlfriend, his deep involvement with the hippie community, and his creating a commune in British Columbia. The writing during this first thir [...]


    • “I figured I had taken patience about as far as it could go and it didn’t seem to be working. Nothing good seemed to come out of it. It seemed the more patient I was, the more I had to be patient with.” — Mark Vonnegut, The Eden ExpressI find that it’s hard to review books when you love them completely and want to buy copies for everyone you know. I end up just wanting to say read it read it read it — which probably isn’t very useful in a review.Mark Vonnegut is Kurt Vonnegut’s s [...]


    • Prior to spotting this book, I had no idea Kurt Vonnegut (who I am in awe of) had a son who wrote nonfiction. This book turned out to be fascinating for two reasons. 1) It's the true account of the author's descent into madness (a complete schizophrenic breakdown and relapse) and, 2) Stories involving Kurt Vonnegut are abundant. In one example, Mark mentions that even as a child, there was something about his father which made him be sure Kurt would commit suicide. I can't imagine a child having [...]


    • This book was really hard for me to read and rate.I say it was hard for me to read because I have had two people close to me go nuts.All his ramblings reminded me so much of my friend's breakdown that I had to skip around because I couldn't take it.It really brought back a lot of feelings I went through while trying to help my friend and family member.It is not a fun or pleasant thing to go through for anyone, and if you read this and have no experience with a schizo, you may understand just a l [...]


    • I highly recommend reading Mark Vonnegut's two books in the order they were written, which I did not do--although I'll probably read the second one (Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So) a second time now. Vonnegut says that the worst thing someone like him (who is prone to severe bipolar disorder) can do is probably to become a writer. In other words if he wants to stay healthy the best thing for him to do is to keep his job as a pediatrician and avoid becoming a reclusive alco [...]


    • I was drawn to this one because I'm a big Kurt Vonnegut fan; in his memoirs KV mentions his son Mark's struggle with, and subsequent recovery from, schizophrenia in the early '70's. This tale is as tough as it is interesting, because MV does a great job of setting the scene for his breakdown: he left college and joined the hippie movement, hoping to start a commune in Canada, only to see his idealism come to an end in a mental hospital. As he relates his thoughts and actions during the times tha [...]


    • This book brought me on an existential trip. I actually had to stop reading it for a couple of days because I was living in the book instead of real life. Perfect for someone making a big life change, especially if that includes travelling or moving somewhere else. Intriguing look at schizophrenia and mental illness and what role that played in the age of rampant psychadellic drug usage


    • “Knowing that you’re crazy doesn’t make the crazy things stop happening.”This memoir chronicles Mark Vonnegut’s life living on a hippie commune farm in Canada; his battle and recovery from schizophrenic breaks. Much like his father, Mark is a talented and engaging writer. This story is open, uninhibited, and kind of bonkers.


    • 3 1/2 stars. This memoir of one man's descent into schizophrenia, as it was diagnosed then, was first published in 1975, and republished in 2002. I had never read it, and am getting a copy of Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So: A Memoirby the same author, so wanted to read the original before I read the followup.Mark was an idealistic, just-out-of-college hippie who thought starting a commune in British Columbia was a great idea. He was just trying to do the best he knew how i [...]


    • For reasons so recent and personal, the 1975 book written by Dr. Mark Vonnegut (son of the famed writer, Kurt Vonnegut) “The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity” was difficult to read. Reading this memoir is to accompany Mark Vonnegut in reliving a ‘psychotic episode’ which began after he left college and attempted to set up a self-sufficient farm in British Colombia. Events unfold in unfailingly honest detail, whether Vonnegut is recounting his relationships with family, interaction with [...]


    • I'd describe this book as a "heavy" read. Heavy mostly due to the emotional roller coaster that comes in, the Eden Express might be able to make you relate to or at least truly empathize with what people who have schizophrenia go through. Sometimes it was hard for me to read and relate to the hippiedom that he was describing, so the reading was a bit slow at the start, but reading further in the book, i wished i had cherished that part more because it got stressful fast (but difficult to put it [...]


    • One of my favorite biographies; an era, a family, a unique life!The book charted Mark's descent into schizophrenia. He was twice committed by his father. During this time of his breakdowns he was living in a hippie commune he helped found. While it is not the total point of the book, Mark does see some benefit in his internment in returning him to sanity. He even goes through a few paragraphs attacking some negative misconceptions on shock therapy, which he apparently views indifferently. Just p [...]


    • i would add this to the list of books i should have read years ago. While i have not lived the experiences of the writer, much of the material-- theory, visions and perspectives-- parallels much of what has been resident in my head since leaving college. I would recommend this tale to anyone who has ever felt driven to insanity by the world we face daily, or to those who have wanted to change or save the world, or to people who do not want or cannot blend with the herd or who have seen the apoca [...]


    • Holy moley. Could this man write like his father - but in an entirely opposite style. If you are from BC, you will especially like this, as it takes place on a commune near Powell River, and in Vancouver. I wrote "could" because his recent memoir is an utter disappointment. This is a speeding mind at its most intense. If you've ever felt overwhelmed, read this and know that you are far from overwhelmed.


    • Read this back in the '70s because the author is the son of one of my favorite authors, only to discover what a brilliant writer he is in his own right. While reading about his journey with schizophrenia, it felt like I haw crawled into his mind and was experiencing everything he was experiencing. This a book that stays with you years after you had read it.



    • Never before has a book so successfully made me feel like I was loosing my grip on reality. In doing such however, the author has made several sections of the book somewhat incomprehensible.



    • The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity is the story of a man named Mark Vonnegut. Mark is the son of the famous author Kurt Vonnegut (author of Salughterhouse-Five). This memoir tells the tail of Mark's journey through insanity. He was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. Through this journey he has several mental breakdowns and has to be institutionalized, but he overcomes his disease and become a successful pediatrician after attending Harvard Medical School.This story of Mark's life starts [...]


    • An extremely well-written book by Kurt Vonnegut's son about his own experience of mental illness. Although not much happens, objectively speaking, in this novel, I never got bored. M. Vonnegut's writing style reminds me especially of John Fante's (which is unusual), enough so as to seem deliberate, but not imitative. This novel is similar enough to Behrmen's "Electroboy", like a prehistoric version, that if I was still in grad school, I'd've combined the two reviews in one paper. Vonnegut's acce [...]


    • This book lacks any literary merit. It is about a young man's descent into schizophrenia and his ultimate pharmacological treatment. While this is a worthwhile topic, I was very disappointed in the quality of the writing. In addition, I was put off by the gratuitous slight the author aimed at his girlfriend at the end. He mentions that it was more difficult for him to leave his favorite pet than part ways with her. (He was mad that she slept with someone else. Very petty, considering how she vis [...]


    • Written from the perspective of someone caught in the grip of schizophrenia, The Eden Express is, for the most part, very difficult to read. For one thing, it resonated with me because of my own bout with bipolar disorder. It was also difficult to read because of the disconnected nature of the narrative. The author's point of view, for the first 3/4 of the book is tainted by his chemical imbalance. The part of the book concerning his treatment is far more palatable and informative. Vonnegut, in [...]


    • It seems sometimes that there is a direct relationship between how hard I try to be a good person and how sad I get about the world. Mark Vonnegut became insane chasing a lot of the feelings I sometimes get caught up in. During the 1960s he is very involved in being a "good hippie" (his words, not mine). His quest to be unselfish and rational leads him down a frightening path of insanity, and eventually recovery. This is an amazing memoir, and I'm very glad I read it. I related so much to his fe [...]


    • This book was an adventure into madness. Amazing, if its accurate of how good a memory mark has. He is the son of the author kurt vonnegut and thats how i got turned on to the book. A first person autobiography of about 2 years of his life when he suffered from schizophrenia and then somehow came out of it. It reminded be of the movie A Beautiful Mind alot, except Mark was an upper middle class Swarthmore grad hippy in the early 70's, went up to BC, started a commune, didn't do to many drugs, an [...]


    • Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors of all time. Before I didn't even know his son had written anything, but after reading the reviews on this book I decided to pick it up.The first half of this book Is just Mark Vonnegut describing life after college on his hippie commune with his hippie college friends and although the writing wasn't terrible, I had to push myself through because it was a pretty boring. I found myself thinking, "come on, just go crazy already!!" And then it happened. [...]


    • Kurt Vonnegut's son graduates from college circa '69 and goes off with friends to a farm in B.C. to live the hippie-new-society-commune dream. But, oops, along the way he goes nuts! That always throws a monkey wrench into the works. This autobiographical work (sole book by Vonnegut Jr. as far as I know) provides a good glimpse into schizophrenia, but is perhaps equally valuable as a contemporary portrait of hippie life, culture & philosophy by a participant. He indicts hippie culture to some [...]


    • A beautiful, terrifying memoir about one man's descent into mania and insanity. As the only son of a father who was a paranoid schizophrenic, who died before I got a chance to know him and understand his condition, Vonnegut's book answered many questions I've had for a long, long time. What the disease does to the diseased, the consequences it has on friends and family, social and cultural implicationsVonnegut approaches all these themes and ideas while maintaining a cohesive narrative that is b [...]


    • Relatively interesting autobiography of Vonnegut's son developing schizophrenia, while being part of the 70s counter-culture - realistic (albeit tiring) rambling of all the things that went through his head, and interesting reactions of his surroundings (something like "mental illness is a myth perpetuated by the man to keep us down"). It does get boring in endless descriptions of those people around him.Recommended for: those interested in what happens to people developing a mental illness


    • Far out, real life tale of Mark Vonnegut's initial bout with schizophrenia while living on a commune in British Columbia. He has a really hard time figuring out if he's discovered the meaning of life, has taken too many drugs, or is going insane. Reveals a bit about Mark's relationship with his father Kurt, too.Basically, the reason you should read this book is because it's so bizarre and spell-binding. Reminiscent of the late 60s, early 70s. Amazingly well written first-person perspective.


    • I have lots of conflicted feelings and thoughts about this book which I'll attempt to string together An eagerness to devour every word of this 'crazy' journey. Fascination at how rapidly things have changed and dismay at how little things have changed in regards to diagnosis, stigma, medication, and wellness/illness binaries. Grim nodding at vulnerability, fraught morality, 'never enough/always too much' extremes and the gut wrenching effects of illness on the fault lines and limitations of lov [...]


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