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Works of fiction where characters have ME/CFS

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS discussion' started by Tom Kindlon, Oct 29, 2022.

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  1. Peter Trewhitt

    Peter Trewhitt Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    If anyone in ‘Emma’ had ME I would have picked Mrs Churchill, though she is never met in person. She was considered a hypochondriac by the characters we do meet and judged much more negatively than Mr Woodhouse, but she presents with actual symptoms and her death suggests an underlying medical condition. Obviously Mrs Churchill is selfish and probably manipulative, but these qualities do not preclude an actual medical condition.
     
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    Yes, that’s all fair. I was trying to think of characters who were bed bound or lacking energy, but probably a fruitless exercise. As you say, one ends up with hypochondriacs.
     
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    This was the nineteenth century, though, even manipulative illness fabulators could suddenly succumb to something real, especially to serve an ill writer’s instinct for irony.
     
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    Caderousse's wife La Carconte in The Count of Monte Cristo, possibly. She is pale, thin and sickly, and spends most of her time in her room either stretched out in an armchair or leaning against her bed. (Leaning against?? That sounds painful - possibly a translation issue)
     
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  6. Tom Kindlon

    Tom Kindlon Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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  7. ahimsa

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    Here are a few books that have not yet been mentioned:

    * Patient 002 by Floyd Skloot

    Loosely inspired by the early Ampligen trials. I enjoyed reading it.
    Review: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-9792091-6-1

    * The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

    Romantic comedy. Not usually a genre that I read but it was okay.
    Review: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jean-meltzer/the-matzah-ball/


    This book is not fiction, but it's so well written I thought I'd add it here:

    * The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

    Author website: https://www.elisabethtovabailey.net/
     
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    WIZARD NEWS! SALLY WINS BOOK BLOGGERS AWARD FOR THE FIRST OF HER 'TOBY' BOOKS

    A children’s wild wizard book featuring a 12-year-old boy, who is a young carer looking after his mother who has M.E, has won the international Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award for 2022.

    It’s all the more remarkable because the author, Sally Doherty, first found a publisher for 'Toby and the Silver Blood Witches' but then had to go it alone when the publisher closed. Sally published the book herself 18 months ago.

    https://meassociation.org.uk/2023/0...k-bloggers-award-for-first-of-her-toby-books/
     
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  9. DigitalDrifter

    DigitalDrifter Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    https://www.s4me.info/threads/how-f...-cfs-before-you-became-ill.31503/#post-456388

    Here are some notes I made about the series:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_E3mCX1evI


    @19:31 - Jessica loses her memory due to ME.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_E3mCX1evI


    @22:46 - Shows noise intolerance.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grJN2FZJIJY


    @1:21 - Robson "Yuppie flu"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grJN2FZJIJY


    @12:38 - Arnie accuses Jessica of faking it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh-ra39pMQY


    - S20E11, Jessica is back.
    https://youtu.be/NhIeSIvuu5s?t=330 - Dudley says Dennis has hysterical paraplegia and his mind needs changing.
    https://youtu.be/NhIeSIvuu5s?t=1230 - All in the mind.
     

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