LOST

Ailment:
Dear Suse and Ella,

I am living a tough moment in my life. I feel isolated from the reality and my acquaintances due to several facts recently happened. The point is that I have come to feel LOST in a way I never felt before; I know my goals, my intentions but that's no enough to please me. I just try to run away from the real world and forgetting who I am and what I'm looking for is the only medicine that feels good to me. Please , could you help me?

Cordially Yours,
Lost
Dear Lost,
Your ball of string comes in the form of House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. This is a book to truly lose yourself in, and the experience of tunnelling through its pages, spiralling around the incredible intertextual headspaces, negotiating the footnotes, confronting the author, yourself, the different narrators and the total madness of the entire experience will have you holding hands with your inner reader. Eventually, you will be guided out of the maze. It is an epic,  that may well take you well into 2014 to read; but if you are feeling isolated and apart from reality, indulge in this incredible, mind-bending, terrifying novel to the point where you lose your fear within the leaves of the book.
Then read Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, which will help you by illustrating the travels of a man who seeks enlightenment in various ways, from extreme ascetisism, to materialism, to following the Buddha, and eventually finding his own way through the many paths available to him. A meditative, satisfying book, it is one where you can find great solace, and this too will help you to find a path out of your mental mire.
Yours,
Ella and Suse
We prescribe - House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

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