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Girl, Interrupted (original 1993; edition 1994)

by Susanna Kaysen

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Title:Girl, Interrupted
Authors:Susanna Kaysen
Info:Vintage (1994), Paperback, 192 pages
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Tags:Depression, Insanity, Etc.

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Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (1993)

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" 'Instability of self-image, interpersonal relationships, and mood... uncertainty about long term goals or career choice...' Isn't this a good description of adolescence? Moody, fickle, faddish, insecure: in short, impossible" (152). ( )
  JordanCorinne | Apr 2, 2014 |
A fascinating glimpse into the life of a mental institution's ward of teen-aged girls during the 1960's. The story is true, and chapters are interspersed with pages from the author's intake, therapy, medical, and discharge records. ( )
  wareagle78 | Mar 21, 2014 |
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen. Published by Vintage books. 168 pages.

Book Type: Biography

Summary: Susanna Kaysen went to a doctor one time and was only there for maybe 15 minutes and the doctor had made a decision and sent her off to the hospital. This was the first time meeting with the doctor and he sent her to the mental hospital. Since she was picking at a pimple and she was tired since she got up early to travel across town to get to the appointment he thought she needed admitted to the mental hospital. While in the mental hospital she meet quite a few girls that had different problems. At one point in the book Susanna was talking of committing suicide and imaging herself dead. At the end it talks about when the girls got out of the hospital. Susanna still kept in touch with her roommate, Georgina. Susanna was married and had a rich husband which they went on many trips together. When they went to look at some paintings, Susanna saw a painting that she had seen 16 years earlier but a lot had changed about it. The girl in the painting was sad. She was young and distracted and her teacher was bearing down on her trying to get her to pay attention. But she was looking out trying to see someone who would see her. She read the title which was Girl Interrupted at Her Music. Which she related back to her life and how it was interrupted at 17 years old when she went to the hospital with a diagnosis of character disorder. She basically saw herself in that painting and related it back to her life and how she was trying to get out, just like the girl in the painting. Where you see yourself and others only imperfectly and seldom.

Response: This book was hard to follow. There was a lot of characters in the book and it was hard to keep up with who was doing what. I could not understand how the doctor was so quick to admit Susanna into the mental hospital and not having very good reasons. The fact that this happened to a girl and there wasn't anything wrong with her scares me on why doctors are falsely admitting patients.
  singleton2012 | Feb 20, 2014 |
Not SUCH a great book.
found it a bit sketchy. ( )
  janeyhoho | Feb 9, 2014 |
It was good but a lot shorter than I would have hoped for. ( )
  lilulak | Jan 11, 2014 |
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When reality got "too dense" for 18-year-old Susanna Kaysen, she was hospitalized. It was 1967, and reality was too dense for many people. But few who are labeled mad and locked up for refusing to stick to an agreed-upon reality possess Kaysen's lucidity in sorting out a maelstrom of contrary perceptions. Her observations about hospital life are deftly rendered; often darkly funny. Her clarity about the complex province of brain and mind, of neuro-chemical activity and something more, make this book of brief essays an exquisite challenge to conventional thinking about what is normal and what is deviant.

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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.… (more)

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