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Review by juliusotieno02 -- There and Back There Again

Post by juliusotieno02 » 04 May 2019, 08:44

[Following is a volunteer review of "There and Back There Again" by Andrew Alsup.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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There and Back There Again by Andrew Alsup is a non-fiction collection of short essays or what the author calls "public posts" which shows what goes on in his mind during his everyday activities.

Andrew Alsup (Andy) starts by narrating about some voices in his head. He calls these voices chipmunk because they sound squeaky, clown because it's one after the other and douchebag because they're intrusive and self-satisfied losers. Generally, he describes them as auditory hallucinations. These are voices of people he knows, but which often like about their identity. They threaten him with violence, murder and humiliation when he refuses to do as they direct him to. He further complains that people psychically invade his privacy and obtain some information, most of whom are his friends, without his permission. These are the same people who try to communicate with him psychically through these voices which he swears not to listen to. He therefore receives humiliation from everyone including his workmates and his boss. He is betrayed by everyone including those who pretend to represent him during his court cases claiming that he has no mental capacity to defend himself. The invasion of his privacy compels him to initiate a campaign to amend the Constitution to address privacy more adequately. He asks for donations for that effect. The last half of this book is more relaxed and includes poetry, biblical verses and articles about his pets.

This book contains some extremely bitter, aggressive and strong swearing words which are enough evidence that the author is undergoing some sort of depression. The effect of this depression in his mental health is adequately reflected in this piece of literary work. He even at some point confesses that he had undergone some sort of mental illness and heart diseases due to depression. This book talks about different themes ranging from betrayal, depression and litigation. Despite his aggressive tone, Andrew Alsup becomes humorous towards the end of the book when describing events and people.I just wonder if the missing of some chapters in this book is an error or were they just intentionally omitted.

The second half of the story was amusing especially the poems. I particularly fell for the poetry about the elephant.The humour, irony and sarcasm in the author's choice of words were amazing. I can't fail to mention his uncompromised and honest view one nudity and pornography. Having found only three errors, I must mention that the book was exceptionally well edited too.

The book wasn't really interesting to me, but that doesn't mean it won't be interesting to everyone. There were very poor character development and no plot development at all. I also found the incessant swearing words unbearable. A reader may also find this story very confusing partly because it requires some little knowledge of the author and partly because the author failed to distinguish the voices from the real people.

I would recommend this book to anyone undergoing some sort of depression and need emotional support. Due to the poor character and plot development, I rate it 2 out of 4 stars. I would have given it just one star but the editorial work earned it an extra star. In conclusion, let me say that this book may not be appealing to anyone who hate swearing words and to kids since most of these words are sexual suggestive.

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Post by Jlbaird85 » 20 May 2019, 15:03

Thanks for the great review! It definitely sounds like the author has some mental health issues. I have worked with people with severe mental illness and the weakness you described sounds like the disorganization of thoughts they often have when they are very sick! I hope the author gets some help!
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Post by juliusotieno02 » 20 May 2019, 21:23

Jlbaird85 wrote:
20 May 2019, 15:03
Thanks for the great review! It definitely sounds like the author has some mental health issues. I have worked with people with severe mental illness and the weakness you described sounds like the disorganization of thoughts they often have when they are very sick! I hope the author gets some help!
sure. Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by to comment.
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Post by Prisallen » 21 May 2019, 12:26

I hope he gets help for his depression. I don't think this book is for me. Thank you for a wonderful review!

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Post by juliusotieno02 » 21 May 2019, 21:17

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I hope he gets help for his depression. I don't think this book is for me. Thank you for a wonderful review!
I hope so too. Thanks so much for the comment.
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Post by Kelyn » 22 May 2019, 22:59

At first, I thought the author was merely somewhat eccentric, but it sounds like he really has some mental health issues that he needs help with. I hope he finds it. I enjoyed reading your review, it was succinct and well-written!
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Post by juliusotieno02 » 22 May 2019, 23:15

Kelyn wrote:
22 May 2019, 22:59
At first, I thought the author was merely somewhat eccentric, but it sounds like he really has some mental health issues that he needs help with. I hope he finds it. I enjoyed reading your review, it was succinct and well-written!
Thanks so much for the positive feedback. The author is actually very depressed. It's very nice to see you stopping by.
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Post by Hiruni Bhagya 81 » 23 May 2019, 14:56

This book doesn't sound like a non fiction collection of short essays. It's hard to figure out what sort of a book this is. I think if I read this book, I'll be depressed too. So, it's definitely not a book for me. But thanks for your thoughtful review and I commend you on your ability to read the full book and writing a review on it. If it was me, I'd have given up.

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Post by juliusotieno02 » 23 May 2019, 21:42

Hiruni Bhagya 81 wrote:
23 May 2019, 14:56
This book doesn't sound like a non fiction collection of short essays. It's hard to figure out what sort of a book this is. I think if I read this book, I'll be depressed too. So, it's definitely not a book for me. But thanks for your thoughtful review and I commend you on your ability to read the full book and writing a review on it. If it was me, I'd have given up.
Thanks so much for your kind words. At this point, i must confess that it wasn't an easy read. I appriciate your comment.
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Post by mmm17 » 25 May 2019, 12:45

It's a pity that the book has poor character and plot development. Your review was wonderful, though. Very thorough and a pleasure to read. Thanks!

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Post by juliusotieno02 » 25 May 2019, 12:52

mmm17 wrote:
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It's a pity that the book has poor character and plot development. Your review was wonderful, though. Very thorough and a pleasure to read. Thanks!
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Post by Bluebird03 » 25 May 2019, 17:13

I'm afraid the excessive swear words and depression would prevent me from wanting to read this one. You did a great job on justifying your rating. Thank you for your thorough review and helping me decide to pass on this one.

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Post by juliusotieno02 » 25 May 2019, 19:54

Bluebird03 wrote:
25 May 2019, 17:13
I'm afraid the excessive swear words and depression would prevent me from wanting to read this one. You did a great job on justifying your rating. Thank you for your thorough review and helping me decide to pass on this one.
Thank you so much for your kind comments and for stopping by. I'm glad my review helped you make an informed decission.
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Post by nooregano » 25 May 2019, 22:35

I've read this book, and I believe the author does have some mental health issues. If it were up to you, what would the plot/character development look like? Thanks for this review, juliusotieno02!
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Post by juliusotieno02 » 26 May 2019, 00:18

nooregano wrote:
25 May 2019, 22:35
I've read this book, and I believe the author does have some mental health issues. If it were up to you, what would the plot/character development look like? Thanks for this review, juliusotieno02!
Thanks for the comment. Now on your question, if i were the authour, i would have made it clear when the "voices" are speaking and when its the real people speaking (character development). The plot of the book would have been better developed if the essays were arranged in a chronological order of events so that a reader can easily follow and understand what was going on. The repetition of multiple lines and words also greately interfered with the plot development. Thanks for stopping by and i appriciate your feedback.
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