this is the perfect time for all of you out there to read this book. pick it up, sit in a comfy chair in front of the fire with a blanket and a cup of tea or hot chocolate, and let yourself sink into his pages. this is a book that i wanted to really read in one sitting, in front of that fire i mentioned already, but enjoyed immensely even though i had to read it in spurts over a week or so. the writing is amazing and his societal commentary matches it. he is saying so much here, but one of my favorite aspects is that the institutionalized 'crazy' man is the most fundamentally honest and straightforward thinker and speaker of the entire bunch. (and how that honesty being actually spoken aloud changes everyone's world.) and of course this is what defines him as crazy in our society.there's so much more. that's actually just a tiny part of this book. there is such depth and substance in this novel and i loved reading every sentence of it."They could lie drowsing now under the sound of kindly voices in the living room, a sound whose intricately rhythmic rise and fall would slowly turn into the shape of their dreams. And if they came awake later to turn over and reach with their toes for new cool places in the sheets, they knew the sound would still be there - one voice very deep and the other soft and pretty, talking and talking, as substantial and soothing as a blue range of mountains seen from far away.""...if you wanted to do something absolutely honest, something true, it always turned out to be a thing that had to be done alone."