THE DAY MY BRAIN EXPLODED by Ashok Rajamani

THE DAY MY BRAIN EXPLODED

A True Story

KIRKUS REVIEW

Barely surviving a cerebral hemorrhage gives the author a new perspective on life.

Set to attend his brother's wedding, Rajamani experienced a subarachnoid intracranial cerebral hemorrhage while masturbating before the ceremony. This provides the sole unexpected moment of this memoir, which traffics heavily in clichés and a conversational tone that disserves the challenges of recovery. The narrative jumps back and forth, juxtaposing anecdotes about growing up as a bookish Indian-American with chapters on the days and weeks following the hemorrhage. Taken individually, the chapters are hit-or-miss; while some tie back into the challenges of recovery, others provide unrelated background on the author's childhood, adolescence and his fast climb up the corporate ladder. One would guess that Rajamani is sharing his largely unfettered rise to business success to illustrate the crashing loss of his world after the hemorrhage. Unfortunately, the writing never goes to any depth in reflecting on the changes brought about. Rajamani presents the anecdotes of his life as one might share personal stories to an impromptu gathering of co-workers at a new job—guardedly, always looking to pose the events in the best possible light. The interesting details and reflections largely fall through the cracks, leaving readers with little to reflect upon beyond a general appreciation of the resilience of the human brain.

Dramatic story, dull delivery.

Pub Date: Jan. 22nd, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-56512-997-9
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Algonquin
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2013




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