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Scar Dermot Fallon has a disease Currently hospitalized in Vancouver he recreates with lunatic clarity the circumstances surrounding his recent trip to Ireland to bury his father and his own schizophrenic breakdown Pursued by the past that of his family and a nation as well as his own he in turn pursues Fiona his cousin's fiancee even as reality fragments into nightmare in the tangled tripwires of his brain Told from Dermot's own perspective with extensive notes by his psychiatrist Scar is a powerful meditation on death love loss identity family and the terrifying ecstasy of madness

  • Paperback
  • 302 pages
  • Scar
  • Ryan Frawley
  • English
  • 14 October 2015
  • 9780986901300

10 thoughts on “Scar

  1. Liadra Liadra says:

    There are some things I really loved about this book and things I didn't like so much at all In places the writing is exuisite The turns of phrase and descriptions are very well done at times delicate and elusive and dark and harsh at others But always well done The narrative is terribly complex and interwoven uite well There's a wonderful mix of mythology symbolism psychology and story All the things I absolutely love about a novelBut there were things I didn't like so well at all There was extensive use of font and footnotes that was distracting I understand what the author was trying to do with them and I appreciate what was trying to be wrought but I'm not entirely certain how well it worked I found myself glossing over many of the innovative parts pretty much making them irrelevant As for the footnotes they wavered between on point and professional as they are ostensibly done by an attending psychiatrist and totally familiar and crass The best I could make of it was that at some point the reader is meant to uestion if the actual subject of the novel is Dermot at all if it isn't actually the author of the footnotes who is the patient In which case the novel succeeds and fails by turnsThere were other aspects that distracted but these suffice For all this though the underlying story was interesting and enough that I finished the book Would I recommend it to the casual reader? Probably not The select few? Likely

  2. Stacey Stacey says:

    Wow What an interesting read This book goes into the mind of a schizophrenic and it digs deep Dermot is in the midst of a schizophrenic breakdown and Ryan Frawley writes every detail of this process This is a very complex written piece of work I have never read a book written in this type of format that weaves in and out of the character's mind This is like no other book that I have ever read and I look forward to the author's next adventure in writing I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads

  3. Amber Amber says:

    I ended up only getting a few pages in It just didn't hold my attention and since it was a library book I had to return it

  4. Jemila Jemila says:

    DNF I really couldn't get into this one didn't like the writing style at all I did try reading it but I got to chapter 16 and I couldn't read any

  5. Andrew Andrew says:

    “After that I started seeing things Just movement at first in the corner of my eye and when you turn to see what it is it’s gone I mean I think everyone gets that sometimes I got it a lot Then—it’s weird—you start to imagine what they are men or monsters whatever and then that’s what you see You know it’s at least partly your own imagination but you can’t stop it and once you’ve put a face to this faceless thing that’s what it is and always was and no amount of logic will stop you from seeing it”Scar Ryan Frawley’s literary fiction debut tells a fractured narrative from the perspective of a young man who also happens to be schizophrenic Dermot Fallon an English born descendent of Irish ancestors is hospitalized in Vancouver BC following a severe schizophrenic breakdown Narrated from a first person point of view as fractured and disingenuous as it often is Scar attempts to unfold the many layers of Dermot Fallon’s psychological imbalancesThis will be short mostly because I’ve been unable to finish the book In fact this is the second title I’ve walked away from this year for everyone at home keeping score It’s not that Dermot’s story is uninteresting Far from it—the mosaic of possibilities of pathways and divergences prevalent in so many stories about schizophrenia is often fascinating In Scar’s unfortunate case however the book is entirely undone by it’s structure and lack of restraintIn this case the tiniest of details matter because there are enough of them to irrevocably tarnish the experience This is a self published novel and as is sometimes the case has not been carefully edited There are to my dismay many instances of grammatical and structural errors as well as things left ignored like one chapter’s ending spilling onto the starting page for the next chapter in a rather clumsy desperate to lower the page count manner uotation marks in particular seem to have been a thorn in this writer’s sideApart from the editing is the choice of fonts Three different fonts are employed throughout the narrative one for the main body of text one for the footnotes and a cursive script employed periodically throughout First the body text is sans serif and very tight together making it difficult to read for any length of time Second the text used for the physician’s footnotes is readable and spaced out than the body text which is an obvious oversight—very much the opposite of what it should be Lastly the cursive script is near unreadable In fact when I began feeling the overwhelming urge to skim the cursive is when I knew I was finished with this bookTo go a step further in order to drive home the schizophrenic nature of the protagonist Dermot the author has chosen to employ lighter greyscale text interspersed and placed overtop of the body text in certain places which is again enough of a struggle to simply read that one begins to uestion why they are bothering with it in the first place It’s difficult to not contemplate the ways in which these asides used to further illustrate Dermot’s shifting tenuous emotional state could have been better handled through simple italics or by employing it all straight up in the text messing with the rhythm of each sentence but maintaining a readable structureAnd lastly there are the footnotes—notations made by Dermot’s psychiatrist to better describe the meaning and rationale behind much of the details of Dermot’s text These are universally unnecessary and often than not based on the book’s first half which is as far as I made it tell in simple perfunctory terms pieces of information that could have been shown and inserted in small subtle ways but within the actual body of the text Or even as end of chapter compilations in the form of a report made on Dermot’s current entry or something along those lines As they stand the footnotes are nothing than distractions offering omniscient odds and ends that remove a great deal of intrigue towards the protagonist and his uniue mental state By comparison the occasional broken paragraphs on the spot poetry style structure and reversed polarity white on black pages are used sparingly enough and are not nearly as distracting plus given the nature of the book they feel necessary as experimental asides than anything offered in the footnotesScar is a very frustrating novel As interested as I am in Dermot’s plight—and I truly am—its structural and editorial problems are plentiful and sadly damage this title’s potential It feels as if this were a collection of first draft ideas rushed to completion Time and revision is needed before this approach can be effective Based on these issues alone I cannot recommend this book

  6. Betty Betty says:

    Published by 529 PublishingReviewed for Review the BookI began this book in an erroneous state of mind I was sure I was reading non fiction but no this book is a novel in fact it is Ryan Frawley's debut novel It must say a great deal about the author's ability when the reader can err between fact and fiction In my own defense there are several passages that were obvious and deliberate fiction Regardless this is an exceptional story from the mind of Dermot Fallon a man who has the ability to keep a journal illuminating the mind of a schizophrenic a man who is suffering from and hospitalized with schizophrenia His psychiatrist collaborates on the story which has been written in journals he has provided his patient with to put down his thoughts and memories The results have been outstandingReproduced from Dermot's own writing the psychiatrist's footnotes help sort the story out The storyline by its very definition of mind fracture would be difficult to write but handle it Ryan Frawley accomplishes this complex story very well This is the first time I have felt the stirring of understanding schizophrenia and just how rampant this particular disease of the mind or psyche is Dermot is a patient in Riverview Hospital a real mental health facility near Vancouver BC I was born and raised in Vancouver which makes me feel almost as an onlooker of important tragedy in this large cityThis is a very powerful book It is well researched and portrayed Reading the book brought me through pain and elation through Irish mythology and human relationships Partway through the book I began to notice a puzzle Not the obvious coded puzzle that is a part of Dermot's history but a puzzle for the reader to solve This was very interesting to me a little bit of mystery in the mix What does this mean? Well that I am going to leave up to future readers because I will not give it away if indeed there is anything to give away I do believe I am right though and it will be interesting to see if other readers feel the same A fascinating frightening yet entertaining book overall

  7. V.E. Hood V.E. Hood says:

    Imaginatively and meticulously written “Scar” is a novel which will appeal to readers of all fiction genres Through this intricately written tale Frawley humanizes his main character Dermot’s illness by allowing the reader to get to know him as an individual person rather than writing him off with a label as so often is done in our society In fact Dermot seems to be so “normal” at times that his illness stealthily creeps up on the reader bristling neck hairs at unexpected moments With each turn of the page the reader becomes immersed in Dermot’s life simultaneously wanting to read uickly to learn what happens and slowly to prolong enjoyment of the storyWith numerous twists and layers the story develops and transforms in ways that will continue to engage the reader long after they’ve put the book down The reader will want to re read this story again and again possibly immediately after finishing it likely discovering new and ingenious details each timeWhile the conclusion of the story is satisfying in its own right it’s easy to imagine that any segment of Dermot’s life could produce another eually absorbing volume Between Dermot’s own reflections and his psychiatrist’s notes the reader will long to know the puzzle pieces of Dermot’s life both before and after the time span depictedFrawley has crafted a truly creative and uniue yet ultimately very readable novel which will surely be the envy of other authors “Scar” is destined to become a much lauded literary classic and cult favourite

  8. Erika Erika says:

    I really enjoyed this book I read it on my e reader so some of the annotations and references were lost and it was a bit confusing to read them all at the end I would have given it a 3 star rating for this fact but because I am sure it would have read easier in paper back form could not find a bloody copy anywhere that is not the fault of the author and doesn't take away from his writing skills or style which I very much enjoyedI liked how it seemed to be a bit of a clinical study as well as a story with characters you could warm up to but also bits of fairy tales if you will It was a bit difficult to jump between the Doctor the main character his lady in Canada and his folk lore but once you got the hang of what was going on you understood that you were viewing things from the mind of of schizophrenic I grew up on the west coast of Canada around Vancouver and had spent a year living in Ireland This was a very accurate portrayal of both places although of Ireland was written about than Vancouver and I uite enjoyed the feeling of traveling back again I would read of this author's writingif I could find some

  9. Bryn Hammond Bryn Hammond says:

    Too wonderful I don't know how to talk about it The spiritual insights of schizophrenia; Irish legends earthily told; artistry of the sort that only needs a sentence or two to make you look twice I have to read this again I feel inadeuate to comment Not that you can't gain much much on a single and even fast read; the story hastens you along

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