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  • ISBN 0670861138
  • ISBN13 978-0670861132
  • Language English
  • Author John Bentley. Mays
  • Publisher Viking, Toronto, 1995.; 1St Edition edition (1995)
  • Pages 234
  • Formats lrf lit mbr rtf
  • Category Nutrition and Health
  • Size ePub 1271 kb
  • Size Fb2 1847 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 454

In this courageous memoir, John Bentley Mays gives us a riveting account of what it is to live in the shadow of debilitating depression.

Weaving intimate recollections with excerpts from the diaries he kept for thirty years, Mays illuminates the struggle that leads to breakdown and the uneasy truce achieved through psychotherapy. Along the way, he offers provocative commentary on the allure of cure, the cultural scripts of normality, and the distorting mirror of clinical language.

A literary tour de force that began with an award winning essay, In the Jaws of the Black Dogs is not an objective analysis composed from the safety of hindsight. It is a writer's attempt to evoke the silent and distorting malignancy--as well as the moments of reprieve--of the only life he has ever known. Above all, he offers readers hope: Although the black dogs cannot be entirely avoided, humor and the love and understanding of family and friends can keep the dogs at bay.

From In The Jaws of the Black Dogs

"This book is a life with the black dogs of depression. I have written it in a clearing bounded by thickets roamed by the killing dogs, sometimes wondering, in the writing, whether I would complete it before they returned on silent paws to snatch the text and me away. For the depressed can never be sure we can finish anything we begin, or indeed certain of anything, except the black dogs' eventual return, and their terrible circling of the clearing's edge.

"There are a great many books about depression. This is not one of them. It is pain written, not observed; a depressive writer's writing, a testament transcribed from wounded flesh to paper in the clearing, before the black dogs' inevitable return."


Weaving intimate recollections with excerpts from the diaries he kept for thirty years.

Weaving intimate recollections with excerpts from the diaries he kept for thirty years. All pages and cover are intact, but may have aesthetic issues such as small tears, bends, scratches, and scuffs. Spine may also show signs of wear. Pages may include some notes and highlighting. May include "From the library of" labels. Satisfaction Guaranteed.

This book is a life with the black dogs of depression

Weaving intimate recollections with excerpts from the diaries he kept for thirty years, Mays illuminates the struggle that leads to breakdown and the uneasy truce achieved through psychotherapy. This book is a life with the black dogs of depression. I have written it in a clearing bounded by thickets roamed by the killing dogs, sometimes wondering, in the writing, whether I would complete it before they returned on silent paws to snatch the text and me away.

This book is a life with the black dogs of depression

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John Bentley Mays (June 22, 1941 – September 16, 2016) was a Canadian journalist and writer. Best known as an art and architecture columnist for The Globe and Mail, he also published a novel and several non-fiction books. Mays was born in rural Louisiana in 1941. Both his parents died when he was a child, his father in a car accident and his mother of cancer, and he was raised thereafter by relatives in Shreveport.

A literary tour de force that began with an award winning essay, In the Jaws of the Black Dogs is not an objective analysis composed from the safety of hindsight.

Weaving intimate recollections with excerpts from the diaries he kept for thirty years, Mays illuminates the struggle that leads to breakdown and the uneasy truce achieved through psychotherapy. A literary tour de force that began with an award winning essay, In the Jaws of the Black Dogs is not an objective analysis composed from the safety of hindsight. It is a writer's attempt to evoke the silent and distorting malignancy-as well as the moments of reprieve-of the only life he has ever known.

John Bentley Mays' "In the Jaws of the Black Dogs" takes an entirely . Mays states early on: "There are a great many books about depression.

John Bentley Mays' "In the Jaws of the Black Dogs" takes an entirely different tack. This is not one of them. It is pain written, not observed; a depressive writer's writing, a testament transcribed from wounded flesh to paper. The author is the art and culture critic for the Toronto Globe and Mail, and this book began as an essay for the Canadian magazine Saturday Night. At this point, memoir presents the seemingly endless possibilities that the novel did at the end of the last century. What the form needs now is writers willing to take risks - which Smith and Mays surely do. Greg Bottoms.

John Bentley Mays lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter. We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web sites. He is also the author of Power in the Blood; An Odyssey of Discovery in the American South.

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playboy
I have dealt with major depression all my life. This is the first book I have read that really got in to what it is like to live with this disease. Written by a person who lives with depression, not some researcher, or doctor. The book is also very well written. I leaned more from reading this book about my own depression than in years of therapy. This book should be mandatory reading for anyone in the mental health field, and especially anyone dealing with depression.
Agantrius
John Bentley Mays, visual arts critic of the Globe and Mail, suffers from chronic depression. 'In the Jaws of the Black Dogs' is his memoir of a life spent fighting the illness and its attending influences: emotional numbness and self-destructive urges.

Mays was born in the American South and lost both parents at an early age: his alcoholic father died under suspicious circumstances in 1947 and lung cancer killed his mother five years later. He could not weep at her death, an early sign of the disorder that he refers to as the coming of the black dogs. In 1968 he attempted suicide, leading to hospitalization and therapy. A good marriage, successful writing career, and firm religious faith anchored Mays somewhat and gave him much-needed doses of normalcy, but the black dogs continue to circle him, ready to rush in and bite without warning.

This is not a self-help book for coping with depression. The introverted approach and elliptical writing style make it a healing tool for the writer, not the reader. It's also not especially uplifting: there's no happy ending and Mays even admits in the forward that he is writing the book "in a clearing bounded by thickets roamed by the killing dogs, sometimes wondering, in the writing, whether I would complete it before they returned on silent paws to snatch the text and me away." But 'In the Jaws of the Black Dogs' is a brave and honest story of courage in the face of crippling mental illness.
Dilmal
It's obvious from reading the first few pages that Mays is an extraordinary writing talent. This is not just another story from someone who suffers depression. It is so eloquently written that I had problems understanding what some of the words meant. His story is told in such vivid detail, with amazing use of the English language. A wonderful book, and very helpful to readers struggling with their own black dogs.
Blackstalker
I related to so many areas of John Bentley's life. As I read this book I was touched and inspired, and reminded that I am not alone in my perpetual existential crisis. A more refreshing look at depression has not come along in many years. A truly beautiful book that could save lives!
PC-rider
This book was very easy to follow and to understand. I am a fellow sufferer of depression and found the author's revelations very similar to my own feelings. I could easily identify with the anguish he felt and the devastation caused by the lack of understanding of this illness. It is nice to know that someone else in the world has experienced what I have been through. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recomment it to others who suffer similar afflictions.
Malodred
I wasn't impressed with this book. There were definitely a few comments that really struck home, but they were few and far between.