Reader Reviews

Larry Franklin is one of the bravest people I know.

In his new book,  “Mnemosyne:  A Love Affair with Memory,” he shares his intensive and extensive personal insights into his struggles with physical and sexual childhood abuse by family members and others.  He has always felt darkness but did not know the source.

When he was fifty years old, his mother shares some information with him.  This leads him to remember the abuse and why he feels the darkness.  Through a wonderful therapist he discovers Mnemosyne, the Greek goddess of memory, and so begins the healing process.  We are fortunate that Larry is brave enough to share and write of his experience.
-Patty Cosgrove,
Board of Directors
The Women’s Center, Carbondale, IL
Larry Franklin’s latest book  “Mnemosyne, A Love Affair With Memory”, is a poignant personal story full of courage and hard earned insight.  The author’ journey with Mnemosyne  is one of struggle and, ultimately, freedom from his demons.
-Linda Stadler
Board of Directors
The Women’s Center, Carbondale, IL
Mnemosyne, the Greek goddess of memory, enters the lives of two men from different centuries, and intertwines them.  One man’s journey is to discover the mechanics of memory, and the other’s is to recover the memories of a lost childhood.  Mnemosyne then asks them if they have the courage to face what they have found.  A true story, “Mnemosyne, a Love Affair with Memory” reads quickly, as you want to know what happens next.  It’s a story of strength and weakness, sadness and triumph.
-Sandra Ursini
Development Specialist
The Women’s Center, Carbondale, IL
Larry writes a powerful story about his childhood sexual abuse and his journey to healing. While it is difficult to read about the things he endured, other sexual abuse victims and those who work with victims will understand his need to talk about his experiences. This book is about the abuse, but also about how one man chose to address the abuse, listen to his dreams and his inner voice in order to free himself of the past. Very well written. I applaud him for speaking up and speaking out about the abuse, his memories, and his journey.
MsBea, October 6, 2013
An interesting account of two lives.  The two lives and their relative associations with memory have a compelling story to tell. One life dead and one life living.
I just finished reading your MNEM0SYNE, A Love Affair with Memory. What a courageous book.

Independent of an individual’s ability to embed, recognize or recall memory, your haunting journey through those dark tangled memories sheds light on how facing and embracing painful memories can free one’s heart to soar. I am so glad your courageous writing has allowed your heart to heal and soar.
Louisa Zink
Franklin’s ability to draw the reader in held me captive from the beginning. His story epitomizes how the journey to healing from childhood sexual abuse can be arduous and painful, but in the end, a triumph. His writing style allows you to take the journey with him and thus, it is an emotional upheaval at times. Like his other books, I was always anxious to turn the next page.
C Mitchell “Jeannie Mitchell”
In this most personal account of his childhood, Larry bares his soul about the physical, emotional and sexual abuse he endured from family members.
From the fist page to the last, his story grips your heart and mind. I found his writing ability and style to be such an easy read. The story was so well written that little imagination is needed to picture the details.
Much admiration must be given to Larry for the revelations he shares with the reader.
One’s belief is Larry’s healing process of present memories brought to light, make the darkness of his past disappear.
A Beautiful Book, October 19, 2013
By Janet Coffman
This review is from: Mnemosyne: A Love Affair with Memory (Hardcover)
Mnemosyne: A Love Affair with Memory is a beautiful written, powerful book about two men from different centuries who are struggling with memory. One is struggling with his own memories; the other is working to define and codify what memory is. These two stories, however, are more about the soul journey of each man. Larry’s journey is one through the painful memories of childhood sexual abuse – a journey through the darkness of the soul into the light. Richard’s story is a journey of a man who goes from the height of his career to being shunned for his research into memory and the decisions he made in his life. The powerful scene at the end of Richard’s story is an image that will stay with you. Larry’s story, however, is one that inspires and uplifts. It is a testament that life can be a joyful experience, even if one has endured horrifying abuse as a child. As a therapist, I have worked with many clients who struggle with a painful past. As such, I honor the courage Larry has shown in creating a work that will be an inspiration to any person who is struggling with life’s painful issues.
***                                                                                                                                            Mr. Franklin.. I just want to say thank you and WOW…. You did a great job speaking about such a sensitive subject with a group of people you knew nothing about!  I am very proud of you for the way you handled yourself and your candor.

Thank you so much for volunteering your time to speak with our offenders.  I would be happy and honored to have you back.                                                                                  Karen Jaimet, MS, CADC                                                                                                              Correctional Casework Supervisor                                                                                  Shawnee Correctional Center                                                                                                      ***
“This is an extremely brave man who’s been through the best and the worst,” said Phil Riggs, a senior from Morrisonville studying public relations.
Phil Riggs
Larry, Thank you so much for bringing me a copy of Mnemosyne! I will read it with great interest and great respect and admiration for your courageous journey out of darkness. All best to you always.
–Gail Peterson
Wow!  I’ve read a hundred of the greatest books ever written, and I don’t know  which book I would substitute for this one; however, I would definitely put it in my two hundred best books ever written.

This book is about the eternal human property of memory — especially repressed memories so debated about today.  This book is a floodlight on that problem.

The inciting, the metaphors, the similes, the word pictures, the in-depth study are all slithered together much like its colorful cover.

Only when we heal the inner child, can we expect the adult to be free of our traumatic past.  And this happens best with the help of a therapist who can give us unconditional positive regard.

My only reservation about this book, since I lost a night’s sleep over it, is to whom not to give it to, to read!  Definitely give it to anyone suspected of repressed physical or sexual abuse memories.

By Leo of Ava




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