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Girl Interrupted In 1967 after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before eighteen year old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele 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 horror and razor edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers It is a brilliant evocation of a parallel universe set within the kaleidoscopically shifting landscape of the late sixties Girl Interrupted is a clear sighted unflinching documnet that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane mental illness and recovery

10 thoughts on “Girl Interrupted

  1. says:

    have you ever spent any time in a psychiatric hospital? yeah well i don't recommend it i was a patient for a total of 2 and a half days and it was one of the best and worst experiences of my life i liked this book because i was able to relate to some of her fe

  2. says:

    “Was insanity just a matter of dropping the act?” Good uestion isn't it? You may start asking yourself this after reading this bookI only spent a few months taking care of patients in psychiatric hospitals but it made me really appreciate the nuances of K

  3. says:

    3 stars While I did enjoy this book I don’t feel I loved it as much as I expected toCW borderline personality disorder suicideI am not much of a non fiction reader so the format and storytelling methods of memoirs and such are unfamiliar to me and I typically

  4. says:

    Find all of my reviews at “People ask how did you get in there? What they really want to know is if they are likely to end up in there as well I can’t answer the real uestion All I can tell them is it’s easy” Boy was it ever easy for Susanna Kaysen to end

  5. says:

    Girl Interrupted Susanna KaysenGirl Interrupted is 1993 memoir by American author Susanna Kaysen In April 1967 18 year old Susanna Kaysen is admitted to McLean Hospital in Belmont Massachusetts after attempting suicide by overdosing on pills She denies that it was

  6. says:

    I’m sort of at a loss for how to describe this book and the emotions it provoked within me I guess the best word I could use is “unsettled” but probably not for the reason you would imagine This uote might shed some light on what I mean “The less likely a t

  7. says:

    Everything is made of language In the morning you hear those damned birdies tweedlydee tweedlydoo to each other or some damned cats meowing but that’s not language It may be communication but it has no grammar and it can only describe the here and now the hear and

  8. says:

    After reading novels like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or The Bell Jar one could be forgiven for feeling skeptical about the treatment for the mentally ill during the 1960's I'm not sure Susanna Kaysen's memoir will change that much In 1967 after a short interview

  9. says:

    'Today you seem puzzled about something’ Of course I was sad and puzzled I was eighteen it was spring and I was behind bars” Kind of sheds light on the whole system of mental asylums doesn't it? Anyway how do you know if the treatment of a mentally disordered pe

  10. says:

    I told her once I wasn’t good at anything She told me survival is a talent Insanity For most of us the idea of being insane is scary The harder uestion is the why; why is insanity so scary? Is it so scary because we have all at one time or another I believe doubted

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