November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide by George Howe Colt Download (read online) free eBook .pdf.epub.kindle

November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide

Written with the same graceful narrative voice that made his bestselling National Book Award finalist The Big House such a success, George Howe Colt’s November of the Soul is a compassionate, compelling, thought-provoking, and exhaustive investigation into the subject of suicide. Drawing on hundreds of in-depth interviews and a fascinating survey of current knowledge, Colt
Michael

Mar 28, 2008

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Picked this up at a time when I was involved with a woman who was suicidal, and for anyone who wonders about what goes through the minds of those contemplating suicide, or about how it affects those around the person who kills herself, or about the larger cultural meanings of suicide in the United States, this book is indispensible. Colt has assembled an intimidating amount of research and interviews and the result is thorough, at times thoroughly depressing, but mostly enlightening and revelato

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Dec 13, 2012

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I bought this ebook as background reading for writing my latest novel during National Novel Writing Month. I’d hunted around for a comprehensive, well-written book on suicide, and this was it according to a few sources. It’s rather large, which fortunately one has no sense of with an ebook. No intimidation factor! Yet it’s an easy read for such a fact-filled ebook. I didn’t read the whole of it because there were certain sections that were not relevant to my novel. But I assume that if they were

He covers a lot of historical ground — it’s fascinating and eye-opening and brings home the point that suicide has been with us for millennia. We modern people are not special in that way. He also addresses some of the big questions, like if the media report on suicide, will copycats flourish? Or why do people suicide? He notes that the people most likely to suicide are in the age range of my protagonist (I had guessed well) and that the Inuit in Canada’s far north have the highest suicide rates in the world.

I liked his use of detailed true examples for each section, of how he profiled people who suicided or, later on in the book, a person who was left behind by suicide. He also profiled suicide survivors. He goes into meticulous details about the events leading up to their death (or surviving the death of a spouse) and also what happened afterwards, including how the community and media reacted. Yet it’s not boring at all. It’s like reading a story, but one that is very real. The first true example I read, I did so on the subway. Not a good idea as it affected me greatly, that’s how powerful Colt’s storytelling ability is.

If you’re at all interested in suicide, want to know more about this terrible scourge, or understand it if you know someone who has suicided, then I highly recommend this book.

(Yes, I know, I’ve turned suicide into a verb. But “commit suicide” is a phrase that people in this area want to get away from, and I think instead of using cumbersome phrases, turning suicide into a verb, which is a natural kind of change in the language, is better.)
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