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Ring of Bright Water

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Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell is a story of an otter he picked up in Iraq during his visit there with a friend. The otter Mijbil was transported from Iraq into London through two or three flights with several humorous experiences and then from there taken to his Scottish home called Camusfearna. The whole story is about his experiences with the otter all the while until the otter’s death which left him quite anguished. He was later able to get another otter to keep from an unlikely source. Otters are apparently quite intelligent sea animals and it was quite an eye opener to read about them. Goodreads 3/5

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Going Crazy

“Going Crazy” by Otto Friedrich is a kind of biography or a history of insanity or madness through the ages. Otto does a good job in keeping the narrative flowing throughout the pages with first hand accounts by many patients. Apart from celebrated cases he has also dwelt on the ordinary people’s lives disrupted by what he calls as “craziness” – by all accounts all of us are somewhat crazy at some times or other – it only varies by degrees, but while majority are able to keep their thoughts clear there are many who lose control of their minds. He has also written about the cures which in medieval times ranged from cruelty itself like chaining the patients to drugs, therapies etc. It was surprising to read that so many celebrated people had problems in their lives. I would highly recommend this book to those interested in different genres like non-fiction, biographies etc. Rating 5/5

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