Two Days at the Asylum

Fiction - Social Issues
288 Pages
Reviewed on 08/08/2018
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Two Days at the Asylum: Inspired by True Events is a powerful narrative by clinical psychologist Frederick S. Walborn that explores the perils of asylum politics, a narrative that reflects the author’s wide experience in dealing with severely and chronically mentally ill patients. The story begins with the psychologist, a character named Jesus, and a mosquito, and while they contemplate the sad fate of the mosquito, they discuss the purpose of life and knowledge, with Jesus leaving the psychologist with two powerful insights: books can get in the way of real knowledge and the purpose of life isn’t change but giving.

In a humorous, engaging, and deeply reflective style, Frederick S. Walborn takes readers into the life of the asylum. It is 1969 and the doors of the asylum are opened to those who can afford a small token. While it is a typical asylum, the narrative explores the game of power and the conventional behaviors of administrators, psychiatrists, social workers, and others in the asylum. I worked for two years in an asylum in Cameroon, a home for the mentally handicapped and the homeless, and even though I had no skills in psychotherapy, I have grown to have an affinity for the mentally handicapped. This book touched me powerfully, apart from it being insightful and entertaining.

Two Days at the Asylum: Inspired by True Events is laced with witticism, insightful narrative, and engaging dialogues, a story with characters that are real, a story that castigates the abuse witnessed every day in asylums across the world. In the introduction the author makes a powerful observation: “One-third of the homeless population is suffering from schizophrenia. One in five of prisoners in our expensive prisons are seriously mentally ill.” You’ll be pulled in by the pathos, you’ll love the humor and the realism infused into the narrative. But after reading this compelling work, do click the link to help this author serve severely mentally ill patients on the streets and in prisons.


While on vacation in WV I checked into Phillippi to see the mummies at the Depot. The book was available for sale there and, because I have plans for a return trip to see the Asylum, I purchased it figuring if it turned out to be less than interesting it would at least be a good donation to the Depot.... I had a difficult time putting the book down!

It's been a while since I've had the opportunity to read for pleasure, turns out I read for pleasure as well as education. It took a long while of sitting and reflecting after finishing. Brilliantly written, thought provoking, entertaining, educational, a suspense thriller of sorts in a non-frightening manner. The epilogue provides information which allows the reader to take action, just when they feel the need to do so.

Great novel Dr. Walborn! Would gladly read another.