Love for a Deaf Rebel

Schizophrenia on Bowen Island

Non-Fiction - Memoir
266 Pages
Reviewed on 05/29/2023
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Derrick King was an electronic engineer working at a Dutch bank; he studied Spanish at a night school and was planning to start studying for an MBA. He met Pearl in a downtown Vancouver food court during lunchtime while looking for a seat. They became friends and then slowly progressed to dating. Pearl was deaf and she was unlucky in love; her sexual history included a homosexual, an alcoholic, and an epileptic. Their lives changed when they moved in together and enjoyed a motorcycle trip to Mexico and Guatemala. Derrick was smitten by Pearl. Love for a Deaf Rebel chronicles their life together, and the obstacles they faced while building their dreams in Bowen Island, a British Columbia community. The story is heartbreaking and filled with angst in the author's experience of living with Pearl, a schizophrenic and deaf person. His struggles while living with her make this book a compelling read.

Love for a Deaf Rebel: Schizophrenia on Bowen Island by Derrick King is a story of true love, acceptance, loss, and grief, and the author's honesty and straightforwardness in sharing his life story are heartwarming. His feelings, emotions, and thoughts during the different stages of their relationship, hoping they would have a happy family, make this book memorable. How they dealt with her bouts of schizophrenia--without knowing she was mentally ill, because her family chose to withhold that information from him--and how Pearl was unraveling while their relationship was unraveling are described. There is a lot of feeling when the author mentions it was an honor being her husband, how he cherished his times with her and reunited with her many times in his dreams.