The Shoe on the Roof

The Shoe on the Roof

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
9
Thomas Rosanoff was used by his father, an esteemed psychiatrist, as a test subject when he was a boy, being watched by researchers behind one-way glass for his entire childhood. Now a gifted med student, Thomas is the researcher, and his subjects are three homeless men, all of whom claim to be messiahs. But when Thomas's father intervenes in the experiment, events spin out of control and Thomas must confront the voices he hears in the labyrinth of his own mind.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Simon & Schuster Canada,, 2017
Edition: Simon & Schuster Canada edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9781501173554
1501173553
Characteristics: viii, 371 pages

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

j
jesselapointe
Sep 01, 2018

I got the impression that the book's story and character development was a little rushed. I heard the author speak on a CBC radio program and thought the book's theme was interesting and took note. The book is only an introduction really to these complex subjects and I was a little disappointed. The book was too short. A book about these subjects would have to be a lot longer and better developed. I would rather read something on psychology or a non-fiction to be satisfied with my time spent reading.

l
LexiLou2
Jun 13, 2018

I wasn't able to get past the first several chapters. Although I enjoyed the one liners the protagonist has (quips/his interesting perspective that read as if he knows the reader doesn't want a cliche comment) I was put off by chapter after chapter of how he finds different ways to use his studies of the human brain to sleep with most of the campus.

s
sloanelm
Jun 03, 2018

This was an unpleasant but good (or good but unpleasant) book that grabbed my interest and made me want to read on to find out what happened. The two Rosanoffs are unsympathetic characters, the one victimized by the other going on to use medical knowledge to manipulate, trick, and bed as many women as possible, aided by another victim of abuse. I am always creeped out by representations of abuse of power by mental health practitioners — I stopped reading Crushed by Kate Watterson because there were no redeeming factors to balance the casual representation of violation of ethical boundaries by a psychologist. But this book explores important questions and issues, and it was worth my Saturday.

ontherideau Jan 28, 2018

The shoe on the roof is a true story of a patient named Maria in 1977. If you are curious about near death experiences google can give you details. For some people there would never be enough proof.
This is one of those books that I thought about when I couldn't be reading it. Science, big pharma, ethics, spirituality and mental health issues- many big issues bravely taken on. I had no problem with the medical terms- they were appropriate to the story and yes there is sadness but I'm guessing the real world of people living on the fringe is much worse.
I couldn't help but compare this book with Ann Patchett's State of Wonder, another book I had a hard time putting down.
https://ottawa.bibliocommons.com/item/show/612491026

p
portia14
Jan 07, 2018

disappointed in this book, especially after reading 419 by the same author. Scientific terms thrown around willy nilly - often not necesary to the story.

c
carolefort
Dec 25, 2017

Thomas Rosanoff, a medical student, has been dumped by his girlfriend. He has had an unusual childhood: his father, a psychiatrist, used his son as a test subject for all of his young years. He was observed by researchers via two-way glass and famously became known as "The Boy in the Box". As a means to attract his girlfriend back into his life, Thomas becomes a researcher of three homeless men who believe individually that they are the messiah. One of the research subjects happens to be the brother of his ex-girlfriend. Upon finding out what his son is involved in, Rosanoff Sr. takes control of the experiment, causing more problems for his son. What happens to Thomas makes up the second half of the novel. I held back one star in my rating because the book too often reads like a psychiatry textbook. Also, the book is marketed as being funny but I found most of it to be sad and disturbing. I am happy to have read this book but would not re-read. A good book for students of psychiatry.

g
GLNovak
Dec 24, 2017

Thomas Rosanoff is a medical student specializing in the study of the brain as the biological source of all emotion and action. His father is a renowned psychologist whose claim to fame is a longitudinal study of Thomas' childhood and detailed in a book called 'The boy in the box'. Thomas meets three men who all think they are Jesus. What an opportunity for him to try an experiment which he hopes will cure these men of their delusion. Thomas brings them to live with him where they will meet and realize they cannot all be Jesus. Of course, Dad comes along, thinks this is great, and before you know it, he has the three living in his son's 'box' with one-way mirrors, cctv, and microphones sprinkled all over, and a command centre for twenty-four hour observation. I felt sorry for them all. Each had problems, those of Thomas and his father just as serious as the three Jesuses. This book is easy to read, and does pull you in to the story. How damaged is Thomas from his childhood? Can the three Jesuses be helped? Are they manifestations of the Holy Trinity? What kind of father would set up his son's life as an observational study? Is human emotion all a matter of neurons firing in specific parts of the brain? Can these characters ever find happiness and peace of mind? I came away a bit sad after this read.

JessicaGma Dec 14, 2017

Another solid book by Will Ferguson - I like the set-up of the main character being in psychology where he was also a project in psychology set up by his father. It's a great story!

k
kathyonpost
Nov 21, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this book-it's like nothing I've read before. It definitely held my attention-I found it hard to put down.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at PEPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top