I was excited to read He Wanted the Moon based on its intriguing description. Dr. Baird a physician in the 1920's and 1930's was trying to prove that there is a biochemical component to manic depression and during this time he began to suffer from the disease himself. The description also explained of how he had a lobotomy and other extreme medical procedures while under treatment. Dr. Baird was institutionalized many times and I thought how interesting it would be to read about the doctor actually being the patient in this scenario and how he would handle these situations. It was highly disappointing the book was nothing like it is depicted. The book essentially just stated about Dr. Baird's day to day activities that consisted of sitting around and talking to other patients and his never ending thoughts. Any extreme treatments like his lobotomy are only vaguely mentioned at the end of the book. I expected the medical treatments to be major parts of the book as they should have been. This read was repetitive and tedious. I felt disillusioned by an author who described such a captivating novel, but all I got as a reader was a calamity of a read.
Hardcover: 272 pages
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"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."