Thursday, September 23, 2010
Finding Alice : Melody Carlson
This is one of most favourite books that fall into the category of Edgy Christian Fiction and it was what started me to have now a love affair with Edgy Christian Fiction. Finding Alice focuses on the Mental Illness of Schizophrenia.
Review: Finding Alice - Melody Carlson-2003
A chilling and compelling novel which shows us how schizophrenia can destroy and turn a person's life upside down within just a few days.
Alice is your normal perspective of a Christian girl brought up under the influence of the Salvation Centre and studying English Literature at University.
Several weeks into in her senior life her life starts tumbling down, she starts to experience seeing things and hearing voices.
Melody Carlson has called the book Finding Alice as in to accordance with the well-known classic Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
As every chapter passes we take a step in Alice's life as with every experience she takes on her schizophrenic journey , Melody finds a way to relate for example Alice finds two guys along her way who turn out to be Gay , homeless dudes and she nicknames them Tweedledum and Tweedledee .
We then go along her journey where she discovers who are her real friends and the difference between reality and her schizophrenic world and comes to grips with her reality that the world is not filled with horrible, nasty people who are out to get her and destroy her but really nice, lovely wonderful people who want to go out of their way to help Alice.
This book also focuses on the Christian perspective of schizophrenia which will probably cause a rift between religions depending on what you believe as in this novel you will be kept guessing till the end on what the two churches, Alice's Salvation Centre or her Friends Church, The Golden Gate.