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In a trance like state Albert walks — from Bordeaux to Poitiers from Chaumont to Macon and farther afield to Turkey Austria Russia — all over Europe When he walks he is called a vagrant a mad man He is chased out of towns and villages ridiculed and imprisoned When the reverie of his walking ends he's left wondering where he is with no memory of how he got there His past exists only in fleeting imagesLoosely based on the case history of Albert Dadas a psychiatric patient in the hospital of St André in Bordeaux in the nineteenth century The Man Who Walked Away imagines Albert's wanderings and the anguish that caused him to seek treatment with a doctor who would create a diagnosis for him a narrative for his painIn a time when mental health diagnosis is still as much art as science Maud Casey takes us back to its tentative beginnings and offers us an intimate relationship between one doctor and his patient as together they attempt to reassemble a lost life Through Albert she gives us a portrait of a man untethered from place and time who in spite of himself kept setting out again and again in search of wonder and astonishment


10 thoughts on “The Man Who Walked Away

  1. says:

    A man who is compelled to walk An analyst with penchant for cycling who is compelled to help the man compelled to walk I really wanted to like this book I really thought I would Or at least be able to relate to it on several levels as an avid walker cyclist reader and no stranger to compulsionand yet this book just really didn't work for me and I think the writing is to blame This is precisely the sort of writing that elicits a love or hate emotion the dreamy poetic overwrought narrative that was just too overtly froufrou for my taste and I certainly wasn't in the mood for The story itself is uite interesting based on the actual case of Albert Dadas The early days of psychotherapy are fascinating In a different package it would have probably been uite compelling In present form the best thing to praise about it is its briefness certainly not its brevity important distinction An acuired taste of a book definitely Oh the word for the irresistible compulsion to walk is dromomania so at least something was learned from this although via Wikipedia Disappointing although judging by reviews uite impressive for other readers this was of a composition than a book wherein style freuently overpowered the matter At least a uick read


  2. says:

    An interesting idea and very well written I've not read Maud Casey before and this was a welcome introduction to her work In fact the writing was what kept me going with this book because as interesting as the idea is it didn't grip me as much as I would like It's a fictionalized account based on the real life man called Jean Albert Dadas from Bordeaux who walked miles without knowing he was walking and would find himself in different cities different countries altogether The source for the novel is the talks between Dadas and his doctor a Philippe Tissié a man never named within the book The book gives both of them an internal life conflict not altogether dissimilar and a longing to flee But the material isn't enough which probably isn't surprising given that this happened at the dawn of psychiatry as a profession Even with interesting characters the denizens of the asylum Charcot ? his photographer all of these contribute to only a novella I did not get a grip on the characters I was reading about I needed either from the doctor or from his patient All in all it's written well enough and it flows well I'm vaguely unsatisfied by the characterization but I do not think I can fault the author for that 3 stars and I'd probably recommend this to anyone looking for a good uick read I received a copy of this book for review via NetGalley


  3. says:

    Albert has had a compulsion to walk since the age of thirteen He has traversed most of Europe has been arrested for vagrancy has enlisted then deserted the army yet he has only fleeting and fragmentary memories of these journeys and events Finally a lamplighter aware of Albert’s compulsion takes him to the hospital of St Andre in Bordeaux once an abbey now a Psychiatric hospital The unnamed Doctor develops his own obsession with Albert promising that he won’t let him walk away again and in the hospital Albert feels that he can finally rest that he will finally develop ties to the world of time place and memory just as his father had before he died tied Albert to his bed to make him stay not out of cruelty but out of love and longing to keep his son at home The Man Who Walked Away is loosely based on the real case of Albert Dadas in the late 19th c at a time when psychiatry was still art than science Throughout the book author Maud Casey shows the exploitation often visited on patients brought out to ‘perform’ before other doctors seemingly for entertainment than for teaching purposes The Doctor is fascinated by these patients mostly women who are diagnosed as hysterics But he wishes to understand not to exploit and his patients are treated with respect and acceptance of their various illnesses The patients of the asylum are a wonderfully eccentric group and the staff are likable but it is Albert who moves this story with his vulnerability his sense of loss and his desire to please and be loved but mostly in his desire to find a place and people who will never let him go Casey intertwines fact with fairy tale and in so doing she has created not only a marvelous narrative of the early days of Psychiatry but also a beautiful and haunting tale about the human need for memories and stories to tether us to time and place how grief can cause us to become unmoored and how kindness and compassion can bring us back again This is not the kind of story to be consumed all in one sitting; it is slow uiet lyrical and thoughtful but ultimately satisfying for that reader who appreciates that sometimes the best stories like music are found not in the movements but in the pauses between them


  4. says:

    The Man Who Walked Away is a short novel numbering 231 pages of elegant prose bordering on poetry It is a book about desertion flight childhood guilt memory and the importance of the present moment The protagonist a young man named Albert finds himself in nineteenth century Europe uite literally he wakes up and finds himself in Bruges or Stuttgart or Tournai or Bordeaux etc not knowing how he got there or why He is amicable people are generally kind to him he often wants to stay But Albert is very soon overcome by a compulsion to walk And when the mood strikes him he is transported to a plane of existence beyond his memory just as his feet transport him along the roads and byways from village to town Albert is the man who walks away at least until he is taken to the asylum near Port of the Moon and meets the Doctor Albert longs for permanence a continuous existence Will the Doctor be able to anchor him in time? “Or maybe there are only moments Moments like this one moments of relief between who we were and who we will be”Though a book of fiction the story is based on Dr Phillipe Tissie’s 1887 case study of the real “traveling fugue” Albert Dadas who compulsively journeyed the roads fields and river banks of nineteenth century Europe


  5. says:

    Wow wow wow This is a three wow book my highest rating for a work of fiction The author is an enchanting nay entrancing stylist She is apparently in love with words and I am in love with anyone who can transfer that love to the page The book is just over 231 pages in length but it took me over a week to finish the book I found myself reading and re reading the same page for what seemed like hours so reluctant was I to tear myself away from the wordsPlot?? I agree with Geraldine Brooks's review in the NYT that this is not a plot driven work But nonetheless upon completing the book I felt that the ethereal language fit the narrative of people lost in their own reality with late 19th century medicine unable to understand that non material world Oh there is enough plot for a student of literature to uncover apt symbolism and other such aspects of a plotted novel But plot is not why one reads The Man Who Walked Away It is a frame upon which to hang some oif the most beautiful prose I have been privileged to read in years


  6. says:

    Reading some of the reviews on prior to reading this book I anticipated a much different experience While I found the story interesting and some of the characters engaging I also found the writing somewhat pedantic You could speedread portions of this book and not miss anything I kept moving forward just to find if a Albert's memory was going to be recalled or b if some solution to his problem was forthcoming Neither happened and it left me feeling that I was in fact reading a bit of non fiction rather than an engaging dialogue If phrasing repeated over and over and dozens of times throughout the book is considered poetry then just consider me a non poet This read did not encourage me to pick up any other of Casey's books And I am fairly used to that happening with great authors Certainly the book will appeal to many but if you prefer novels with tight writing that pulls you along this will likely not be your cup of tea


  7. says:

    This book was an interesting look at an imaginary story about a doctor and patient based on a true case study published in France in the early days of using hypnosis as a diagnostic tool Both men were trying to find themselves and make their way through life One walked and never remembered why and one learned to ride a bicycle that soothed his spirit with it's click clickety click rhythm


  8. says:

    Click clickety click The sound of the Doctor's bicycle pushing him forward pushing him to Albert the man who walks away is the poetic and felicitous genesis of Maud Casey's most recent novel Though the title suggests the male protagonist moving away from some specific trauma or event Casey offers us a novel and fluid way of looking experiencing and feeling art history and medicine in France at the end of the nineteenth century and at one's ability to tell a story through memory and senses Similar to how Haruki Murakami's Hard Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World interweaves two stories into one novel Casey alternates between the Doctor and Albert until they meet head on near the middle with Albert becoming the Doctor's patient Click clickety click will become a familiar alliterative sound as well as force us to contend with traditional storytelling patterns and structures as well as the act of performance of poetry and poetics for Albert is a character both familiar and unfamiliar a character who To keep from being afraid sometimes says 'Fascinating Or Magnificent' It is in his travels and the memory of those compulsive excursions that we begin to formulate our own hypothesis as to why Albert cannot stay still But like the Doctor a solution to the problem is not so readily available to us Casey's talent lies in the fact that the story doesn't reveal itself all at once or so easily As readers we too must ride we must hear and feel the click clickety click the sounds and memories Casey has offered us In doing so we might then be able to understand something very critical to existence the need for compassion for storytelling for movement


  9. says:

    In the early days of reading this wonderful book I accused Casey of copying someone like Maruez with flowery dreamy prose that inched along the plot if there was a plot to inch along But as the book progressed it got better at being itself which is always good The jacket suggest this is a kind of psychiatric insight to the life of Albert Dadas who wandered France after World War One Wandering is the theme and the substance of the life of the people in the asylum where the fictional Albert finally arrives Ms Casey is uite vivid in the detailing the thoughts of Albert's fellow patients I see some of our attitudes about the mentally ill are still with us in 2015 We meet the unnamed Doctor who is inspired by the great doctor Freud and we get to watch their interaction and the Doctor's surprises as it affects Albert and the other patients This interplay between the Doctor and all the normal people he meets helps magnify what is common and therefore normal and what is uncommon and therefore abnormal Ms Casey uses a bit too much French for my liking I think I'm supposed to be impressed but am not What I do like is how the tale of Albert is unearthed bit by bit and as we begin to see a whole Albert she interjects new twists that keeps Albert honest with his dealings with other people but as best as I can tell dishonest with himself It is a lot to take in but well worth trying to understand Albert's wander lustYet the story slowly unravels about Albert and his father and the Doctor and his father and how each sheds the memories that keep them chained In the end Albert who cannot stop his wandering leaves and the Doctor who is held back by his memories leaves too in a sense by becoming a free person Perhaps we can all learn a bit from Albert and the Doctor Perhaps we all should wander a bit too and be grateful for the experiences Isn't that part of being human?


  10. says:

    Review first published on my blog Man Who Walked Away is loosely based on the life of Jean Albert Dadas who lived in nineteenth century France He suffered from an illness now known as dromomania an uncontrollable urge to wander He would repeatedly set out from his home on foot and find himself in cities far away before he regained conscious thoughtIn this book we meet Albert the wanderer We also meet Doctor who is not named yet is a specific person He works at an asylum and attempts to diagnose and help Albert As such the book takes us to a point in history when the identification and treatment of mental illness was just beginning Albert's story is put in the context of the stories of the other asylum patients and in the context of the Doctor's own storyThat struggle to define Albert's life and the lives of his other patients is what occupies Doctor Albert struggles to understand his illness and just cope Interestingly I find Albert and Doctor to be similar on many levels Doctor attempts to help Albert put his life together and Doctor himself struggles with things in his own past The book leaves many of these issues unresolved as is understandable when dealing with mental illness There are no easy answers Sometimes there are no answers at allThe book is about a curious piece of history that I was unfamiliar The book is just a little too abstract for my taste Most of it seems to be the musings of two minds Doctor and Albert somewhat untethered like Albert himself I find myself reading the book from an academic interest and as a curiosity without really getting involved in the story Reviewed based on a publisher's galley received through NetGalley