A Lone Walk
- By: Ingmar Skoog
Wil is running and running and running. Running from the cold, unemotional, sometimes even brutal psychiatric wards where he has spent the last couple of years. He is running from himself, his anxiety, his emotional scares. He is running from his mother and everyone else who is trying to put him into a little box. All he wants is love and empathy, whatever that is.
This novella takes us inside Wil, into his head and his thinking; it takes us under his skin and allows us to feel his feelings, his anxiety, his anger, and his despair, with a remarkable intensity. The book uses stream of consciousness to describe the experiences of a young man who has spent years in psychiatric hospitals. Although he certainly has some sort of psychiatric disturbance, I cannot diagnose him according to the DSM–IV or ICD–10 classification systems, but who cares? The events described are