Today, we’re sharing our thoughts on Simon Doonan’s book, The Asylum: True Tales of Madness from a Life in Fashion. (Or one of his other books, if you weren’t able to find a copy of this one).
To be honest, I suspect that this book might be divisive. I know that some of you liked it, and went on to read his other books, too! But Doonan writes in a very specific tone, and if you don’t like his style, the book might be intolerable. Like many extreme things, Simon Doonan is someone that you either like a lot, or find deeply annoying.
But that’s the risk of reading a humorous book — tragedy is universal, but comedy is personal and subjective.
My favourite bit is the first few pages, where Doonan and his psychiatrist friend get competitive over whose world is more demented. The whole thing is vey funny to me, but the best part is when the patients turn the tables on the psychiatrist and start passive-aggressively “complimenting” her shoes.
So tell us what you thought of The Asylum.
- Did you happily ride the Doonan train to crazy town?
What was your favorite story?
Would you read more of his books?
Spill, darling, spill!