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The Three Christs of Ypsilanti

A Psychological Study
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
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On July 1, 1959, at Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, the social psychologist Milton Rokeach brought together three paranoid schizophrenics: Clyde Benson, an elderly farmer and alcoholic; Joseph Cassel, a failed writer who was institutionalized after increasingly violent behavior toward his family; and Leon Gabor, a college dropout and veteran of World War II.

The men had one thing in common: each believed himself to be Jesus Christ. Their extraordinary meeting and the two years they spent in one another's company serves as the basis for an investigation into the nature of human identity, belief, and delusion that is poignant, amusing, and at times disturbing. Displaying the sympathy and subtlety of a gifted novelist, Rokeach draws us into the lives of three troubled and profoundly different men who find themselves "confronted with the ultimate contradiction conceivable for human beings: more than one person claiming the same identity".

©1964; 1981; 2011 Milton Rokeach; afterword by Milton Rokeach; introduction by Rick Moody (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Ioakimidis Ioakim
  • 08-30-19

Repetitive Repetitive Repetitive Repetitive

Absolutely no science whatsoever, just a repetitive verbatim mumbling of (two) schizophrenics for 11 hours.
Naturally it is funny and shocking at times but you get used to it too quickly.
The performance is also rather disappointing.