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Girl, Interrupted


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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 document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery.

Title:Girl, Interrupted
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:169 pages
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    Girl, Interrupted Reviews

  • Erin
    Feb 05, 2008

    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....

  • Nataliya
    May 03, 2010

    “Was insanity just a matter of dropping the act?” Good question, isn't it? You may start asking yourself this after reading this book.I only spent a few months taking care of patients in psychi...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Feb 06, 2015

    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...

  • Navessa
    Feb 03, 2015

    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. T...

  • Paul Bryant
    Apr 19, 2014

    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 h...

  • Duane
    Feb 18, 2017

    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 ...

  • Sidharth Vardhan
    Mar 22, 2017

    "'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, doe...

  • Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    Feb 03, 2015

    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 question is the why; why is insanity so scary? Is i...

  • E
    Oct 06, 2007

    While Susanna Keysen composes some very poetic essays offering alternative and sometimes beautiful perspectives in her autobiography, her general tone is very, very defensive. Granted discussing wheth...

  • Ellabella
    Feb 07, 2008

    We're told not to, but I sometimes do judge a book by its cover. At least once in my life, it has paid off. I first read this book because I saw it laying under the desk of a girl in my French class i...