Girl, Interrupted

Girl, Interrupted

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by Susanna Kaysen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0679423664

ISBN-13: 9780679423669

Pub. Date: 06/01/1993

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

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

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

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ISBN-13:
9780679423669
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.95(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.80(d)

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Girl, Interrupted 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Les_Livres More than 1 year ago
"...Kaysen initially was admitted to McLean for treatment of depression, but ended up being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, and some of the files that have been scanned into the book are quite interesting to look at. Academically, there is a lot more known about mental illness now than there was while Kaysen was being treated at McLean, but there are still a lot of common misconceptions, and that makes me feel like at least some of the stigma still exists against this type of thing. That's one of the reasons I think I like this book so much; Kaysen and the other in-patients she talks about don't really conjure up images of men in white coats, straitjackets and padded walls - they're in the moderate security ward. They don't seem necessarily crazy, for the most part, and I found myself really caring about them..." For full review, please visit me at Les Livres on Blogger! jaimeliredeslivres dot blogspot dot com
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl who was sent to a mental institution for two years. In this book she describes what she was diagnosed with, how life at McLean was, and what she went through in those two years. This book shows that she was sane in an insane world. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone. (middle school +)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that if it followed the storyline the movie had, it would of been *that* much better, but granted they couldn't due to the fact that the book was written before the movie. It was an OK book, it jumped around a lot and didn't flow to smoothly, but I did enjoy having the bits of reports from the doctors in that, it made it more personal and easier to imagine happening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. The movie touched on a lot a of the subjects covered in the book, but, there were also many things changed from the book to the movie. The book also had many more different characters that were often talked about. Although the movie is not an exact duplicate of Kasen's work it still worthwhile to watch, and so is the book very worthwhile to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen the movie a billion times and the book is right on. I love the characters especially Lisa. Sometimes we cant always deal with our problems in life..
Guest More than 1 year ago
This get into the insitfull mind of a teen who is disturbed and has onone... she in the story points out the trammas all the other girl go through in a fight to find herself and be happy.. This book is a real as you can get...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was reccomended to me by my English teacher a few years ago, and I loved it from the moment I picked it up! I not only enjoyed reading about Susanna's situation, but found the other characters in the book to be extremely interesting and each added something new to her stay at the hospital. I've told my friends to read this book, they've responded to it in the same ways I have. This is a great book, one I have read again and again. You'll want to as well.