In 1967, after a session with a doctor she'd never seen before, 18-year-old Susanna Kaysen was taken in a taxi to a psychiatric hospital, where she spent most of the next two years in the ward for teenage girls. This book describes her experiences there.In 1967, after a session with a doctor she'd never seen before, 18-year-old Susanna Kaysen was taken in a taxi to a psychiatric hospital, where she spent most of the next two years in the ward for teenage girls. This book describes her experiences there.Read Less
New. No dust jacket as issued. Tight binding with clean text. New. First Vintage Edition. Cover is slightly worn along edges. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 192 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: Young adult. In the late 1960s, the author spent nearly two years on the ward for teenage girls at McLean Hospital, a renowned psychiatric facility. Her memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perceptions, while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. "Searing...captures an exquisite range of self-awareness between madness and insight". --Boston Globe.
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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