Two Pink Horses
In the tradition of When Rabbit Howls, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, and The Snake Pit, this novel by Jeffrey Stewart tracks a young man’s encounter with and final release from paranoid schizophrenia. And like all good literature, this novel reaches beyond the moment to encompass larger themes: for its protagonist, Karl the small, is not only struggling with an emerging schizophrenia that increasingly boulders his life with unexpected moments of delusion, but he is also dealing with the emerging tugs of adulthood. Karl’s offbeat humor works for a while to stave the problems, and indeed, his humor gives the reader a great many insights into the ludicrous machinations of the business world and the Mormon society that surrounds Karl in his home state. But then quips, puns, and humor turn sour as Karl is subjected to psychotic episode after psychotic episode until the resulting break with reality become catastrophic. But then a peace emerges at the end of this novel to save Karl from complete tragedy, to indeed leave him as an operating, normal human--albeit our concept of normality has certainly been enhanced by the novel’s end.
This novel offers hope to anyone who’s ever suffered from various forms of the disease of schizophrenia—whether personally or through contact with another. It also offers comforting insight into the limits of societal boundaries, and the power of a human’s will over seemingly insurmountable brick walls.
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I served in the US Air Force during the 1980s and worked as a
photographer and photo processor. During my time in England I became
acquainted with four English women, in some ways similar to those depicted in The Education of Douglas Finney, and traveled with them and other American GIs around Europe and Asia over a period of four years. Though the novel is a work of fiction, my experiences certainly act
as a basis for it. The "clash of cultures" between Americans and British could, at time, become quite comical. I set out to depict
the humorous side of the American/British conflict I experienced. This culture clash could also, from time to time, resemble the tragic, as the novel shows.
I respectfully dedicated the novel to the memory of Karen Latham, who died in a traffic accident in England and who is buried in the East Anglian village of Hemingford Grey, a real place that is one of the settings in the book.
I began by writing poetry while living in England in the 1980s.
During the '90s I wrote the novel Two Pink Horses, a story about a young sufferer of adult onset schizophrenia. I enjoy writing short comic stories, many of which can be described as absurd. I currently live in Utah but am always looking for a means of escape. My faithful companions are: one dead rat and a bicycle named Nigel.
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“The Moon is about
a hundred miles away,” Karl the Small said silently to