Insomnia

Insomnia

Insomnia is on the rise. More than a third of all adults report experiencing it, with the figure climbing steeply among those over sixty-five. Marina Benjamin takes on her personal experience of the condition--her struggles with it, her insomniac highs, and her dawning awareness that states of sleeplessness grant us valuable insights into the workings of our unconscious mi Insomnia is on the rise. More than a third of all adults report experiencing it, with the figure climbing steeply among t...

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Title:Insomnia
Author:Marina Benjamin
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1948226057
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:122 pages pages

Insomnia Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Dec 07, 2018
    "When I think of insomnia's wayward rhythms what I picture is this: gaudy insomnia with its wide lapels and toothy grin is the last groover on the dance floor, still going at it after everyone has collapsed in a heap or gone home...." This brilliant mix of memoir, mythology, literat...
  • Kate
    Apr 28, 2019
    ?Every human being streams at night into the loving nowhere.? ...
  • Janet
    Sep 10, 2018
    Marina Benjamin's book is meditation on the inability to sleep, a collection of lyrical paragraphs that explore the unexpected pleasures and isolating frustration of insomnia. Though my bouts with insomnia tend to only last a couple of days (thanks, full moon), I can identify with so m...
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    Jan 11, 2019
    Beautifully written. If you are an insomniac you can take some solace in knowing that someone has written about the affliction with such grace and insight. ...
  • Karen Mace
    Jan 17, 2019
    This isn't a book that will help you solve your insomnia, but it does go someway in helping you understand it and know that you aren't alone as the author does a beautiful job of describing how she feels when she is suffering insomnia, and all the rational and irrational thoughts that ...
  • Scribe Publications
    Jul 16, 2018
    Every insomniac knows how sleeplessness warps and deforms reality. Marina Benjamin anatomises its endless nights and red-eyed mornings, finding a sublime language for this strange state of lack. Her writing is often reminiscent of Anne Carson: beautiful, jagged and precise. Olivia Lai...
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Oct 12, 2018
    So well written so lyrical in an odd way an ode to Insomnia to the gifts the quiet the dark can bring.As a fellow insomniac I felt an immediate friendship with the author as we travel down the sleepless path,Thanks @edelweiss @catapultpress. ...
  • Kelly
    Dec 31, 2018
    I am not alone :) ...
  • Jonathan Maas
    Apr 10, 2019
    A Dreamlike, or Rather Insomnia-like Collection of Insights This book documents the author Marina Benjamin's battle and experience with insomnia. There are shades of Sick: A Memoir by Porochista Khakpour - Benjamin struggles with this constantly, but keeps you turning the pag...
  • Marc Nash
    Dec 09, 2018
    Beautifully and poetically written but impressionistic which ultimately draws no conclusions but provides a ton of images to set you thinking. But if you want answers or cures, this won't provide them. ...
  • Marc Nash
    Dec 09, 2018
    beautiful & poetic but very impressionistic. ie plenty of things to fire your imagination but no answers or cures! ...
  • MDVinTO
    Apr 01, 2019
    A more creative prose-style reflection about insomnia. The author has reconciled to continue to see insomnia as a perpetual mystery and to continue to ponder its nemesis. She makes some interesting and insightful connections but the book was all over the place in my opinion and many in...
  • Vincent Scarpa
    Nov 19, 2018
    ?When you cannot get sleep you fall in love with sleep, because desire (thank you, Lacan) is born out of lack. Perhaps there is an inverse relationship here, between the degree of lack and the corresponding degree of love. How much do I love sleep, I wonder. And can sleep love me bac...
  • Sana
    Apr 03, 2018
    'She adds new dimensions to both our understanding of sleep (and going without it) and of night, of how we perceive darkness.' Behold, a book written for me ...
  • Amanda
    Dec 26, 2018
    This is a must read for anyone who struggles to sleep and loves lyrical writing. The structure of this is in bits and pieces with larger threads running through that the author expertly pucks up and drops at the right moments. I found myself relating deeply to so many of her insomniac ...
  • Renée Mee
    Feb 04, 2019
    Second book I have given a perfect score too. I thought I was going to read self help book to assist me with my life time affliction of insomnia. There was no answers for my disease. Appears writer has tried everything ihave. She has a remarkable facility with language and I loved all ...
  • Chelsea
    May 19, 2019
    Perhaps not the best thing to read at 38 weeks pregnant while awake at 2am but found this such a startling and unexpectedly great insight into the world of an insomniac. How painfully recurrent and never ending the cycle is. You can feel the author?s exhaustion speckled throughout ev...
  • Kate Vane
    Feb 18, 2019
    Insomnia captures the fractured experience of insomnia itself. It swerves between lyrical prose about the sensory experience of insomnia, anecdotes about its everyday (night) consequences, and reflections on sleep and its lack as they appear in art, philosophy and science. There?s...
  • Diane Hernandez
    Jul 23, 2018
    Stream-of-consciousness on the topic of Insomnia. Most people, like me, occasionally have trouble sleeping. When lying awake in bed, strange and varied thoughts run willy-nilly through your brain. If those thoughts were put on paper, it would be this book. It contains science, art, ...
  • Kassie
    Dec 25, 2018
    The author beautifully describes her relationship with sleep and the lack of it. Literary, art, and cultural examples add to Benjamin?s unique perspective and thoughtful commentary on Insomnia. ...
  • Eric Anderson
    Nov 07, 2018
    We?ve all had those nights when we wake up in some dark hour and can?t get back to sleep no matter what method we use to try to trick ourselves back into unconsciousness. I?ve found watching a good nature or outer space programme can often lull me, but sometimes nothing works. Al...
  • Larka Fenrir
    May 03, 2019
    Who sleeps at night? No one is sleeping. In the cradle a child is screaming. An old man sits over his death, and anyone young enough talks to his love, breathes into her lips, looks into her eyes. Insomnia, Marina Tsvetaeva I didn't like this book, I really didn't. I was hopi...
  • Chelsea A
    Dec 11, 2018
    In 2014 I had my absolute worst bout of insomnia. It lasted months. In that time I tried pretty much every "this will help you sleep" routine/supplement/drug known to man. I also read a lot of books about it. I hadn't read a book about insomnia in over four years. And with that pretty ...
  • Kirsty
    Oct 05, 2018
    Marina Benjamin'sInsomnia, published by Scribe in November 2018, is described as an 'intense, lyrical, witty, and humane exploration of a state we too often consider only superficially.' In her memoir, Benjamin has 'produced an unsettling account of an unsettling condition that tre...
  • Chris
    Mar 04, 2019
    More poetic and commiserating than tactical. ...
  • Em
    Mar 31, 2019
    While Insomnia will not help your insomnia in any way, I can?t deny my engrossment. Her storytelling was fascinating and, if anything, kept me turning the pages almost faster than I can read. If nothing else, I?d recommend this purely for the insight she bestows of artists, poets a...
  • Elaine
    Dec 05, 2018
    2.5 stars. A very small number of little gold nuggets in this but nothing that particularly stood out for me. The writer is .. well, a writer. It definitely reads as ?I am a professional writer and I am going to write about my insomnia?. I can?t help but feel this would hav...
  • Kate
    Jan 05, 2019
    As someone who has suffered from insomnia for nine years I really wanted a story that focused more on the authors reality and not on so many other elements. It?s an interesting read but the Greek mythology was just not my favorite and it did nothing to help move the memoir along. ...
  • Jared Day
    Nov 11, 2018
    It took me a bit to get through Insomnia for how short it is. Marina?s writing style and pacing drove me insane, in all of the best ways. The entire book felt like I was going through a full night of lying awake with my racing thoughts. Each page, each new idea another thought for me...
  • Charlotte
    Mar 04, 2019
    Some of this book is quite disjointed and seemed unnecessarily wordy, but the parts that weren't made me feel like I was understood by an old friend. If you have insomnia, this is a comforting read. ...