At the age of eighteen Susanna Kaysen was committed to a psychiatric hospital by a doctor she had seen only once. For the next two years she lived on the ward for teenage girls at McLean Hospital, a psychiatric institution as reknowned for its celebrity patients -- among them, Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles -- as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary. Kaysen's memoir encompasses the horror and the humor of the "parallel universe" she enters, using her razor ...
At the age of eighteen Susanna Kaysen was committed to a psychiatric hospital by a doctor she had seen only once. For the next two years she lived on the ward for teenage girls at McLean Hospital, a psychiatric institution as reknowned for its celebrity patients -- among them, Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles -- as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary. Kaysen's memoir encompasses the horror and the humor of the "parallel universe" she enters, using her razor-edged perception to present vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers in the keleidoscopically shifting landscape of the sixties. "Girl, Interrupted" is a clear-sighted, unflinching document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery.
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this story was very insightful into our minds it made me veryy appreciative of life and wanting to embrace it at one point in the book i actuelly thought i was a little bit crazy thats how much the book gets into your head i thought it was a beautiful book
Oct 15, 2007
Susanna Kaysen wrote a very touching memior. Everyone feels like at outsider at some point in their life, making it easy for readers to relate to Kaysen. She also included documents and letters during her stay at the institution. Some of the imformation is blacked out, but it helps add personality to her memior. She is witty in her style and able to draw the reader into her world.
I never thought I would like like a memior taking place inside an institutuion after a failed suicide attempt. Kaysen has a very friendly tone and an interesting look on life. Its the unusual method of the book which make it so appealing.
In general this is an excellent book to read. The movie was awful, but the book is a modern masterpeice.
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