By Greg Bottoms
So starts Angelhead, a taut, strong memoir of the insanity and crime that rips a kin aside.
"I did not see God, in fact, yet I observed my brother seeing God; I observed how petrified he was once, how convinced."
Set in Tidewater, Virginia, within the Nineteen Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties, Angelhead files the violent, drug-addled, schizophrenic descent of the author's brother, Michael. beginning with Michael's first psychotic holiday at age 14 -- excessive on acid, seeing God in his suburban bed room window -- via a sequence of petty crimes, strange disappearances, and suicide makes an attempt to the stunning crime that landed him within the psychiatric wing of a greatest safety felony, Angelhead allows us to witness firsthand, as by no means sooner than, the fragmenting of a brain and a family.
"I knew, nonetheless be aware of, that he observed, in a few shape, His or Her or Its face."
Bottoms exhibits, in pitch-perfect prose and with nice empathy and dramatic pressure, the mental decline of his brother as he turns into obsessed first with heavy steel song, martial arts, and the occult, after which with the more odd elements of Christianity. We not just see the consequences Michael's strange and more and more violent habit has at the humans round him, but additionally come to appreciate how the writer, now a profitable author and journalist, used the ability of language and storytelling either to save lots of himself and to forgive his brother. With the short velocity and seamless constitution of the easiest crime writing and the ethical sophistication and intensity of our most interesting literature, Angelhead will problem what we all know approximately psychological disorder and its impression on us all. it's a marvelous paintings of bizarre intensity.
"In his room he was once having his first of many psychotic breaks. It got here within the kind of crippling guilt, ruthless introspection. He used to be Jesus being scolded by means of an indignant Father. He wore sin, all sin, heavy as lead shackles. God made him examine himself and he was once a stone with a minuscule heart."
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Angelhead: A Memoir by Greg Bottoms