The Toaster Oven Mocks Me

Currently Reading: The Toaster Oven Mocks Me

Author: Steve Margolis

Genre: Non-Fiction/ Memoir

I am fascinated by the brain and read a good bit of articles about brain disorders and diseases, but none of the scientific studies and explanations describe what exactly it is like to experience the affliction. Memoirs don’t suffer from the need to be accurate or peer-reviewed; so through them, we are offered the unique ability to understand and experience (in many ways) the disorder or disease.

The Toaster Oven Mocks Me is a very honest, sardonic memoir about the difficulty and struggle of a man with synesthesia. I enjoyed this book immensely; it felt like Margolis tried very hard to make the reader understand his life experience with synesthesia. The author is genuine, often when it would be more comfortable to gloss over the finer details. This very short novel, devoured in a single sitting, took me on a journey in which I learned what it was like to see colours assigned to certain letters and to feel as though corn dislikes being so closely sat to peas on a plate. Such experiences are not commonplace for me, so I really enjoyed the clear picture that Margolis painted so that I could really feel as though I understood his perception.

-A Bookish Girl


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