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The Man Who Walked Away

Maude Casey

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

In a trance-like state, Albert walks--from Bordeaux to Poitiers, from Chaumont to Macon, and farther afield to Turkey, Austria, Russia--all over Europe. When he walks, he is called a vagrant, a mad man. He is chased out of towns and villages, ridiculed and imprisoned. When the reverie of his walking ends, he's left wondering where he is, with no memory of how he got there. His past exists only in fleeting images.Loosely based on the case history of Albert Dadas, a psychiatric patient in the hospital of St. Andre in Bordeaux in the nineteenth century, "The Man Who Walked""Away" imagines Albert's wanderings and the anguish that caused him to seek treatment with a doctor who would create a diagnosis for him, a narrative for his pain. In a time when mental health diagnosis is still as much art as science, Maud Casey takes us back to its tentative beginnings and offers us an intimate relationship between one doctor and his patient as, together, they attempt to reassemble a lost life. Through Albert she gives us a portrait of a man untethered from place and time who, in spite of himself, kept setting out, again and again, in search of wonder and astonishment.

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Guidall

Length:

8h 19m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

28:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

26:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

43:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

22:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

19:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

36:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

20:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

21:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

34:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

22:25


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

40:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:59


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:52