Girl, Interrupted (Paperback)Susanna Kaysen (author)
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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 to be treated for depression. She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital renowned for its famous clientele - Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor and Ray Charles.
A clear-sighted, unflinching work that provokes questions about our definitions of sane and insane, Kaysen's extraordinary memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 158 g
Dimensions: 207 x 152 x 13 mm
Intelligent and painful * GUARDIAN *
Girl, Interrupted is superb, poignant and more powerful for its lack of romantic inflation, whining, or self-congratulation * SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY *
Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted is the autobiographical story of the author's time in a psychiatric award in 1967. Sylvia Plath was a patient at the same hospital in the early 1950s so inevitably comparisons have been made between Plath's The Bell Jar * Kaysen's account goes further and questions the standard notions of sanity and insanity. Her plausible voice allows the reader to accept a world where time is distorted, chaos reigns and questions are left unanswered, capturing perfectly the sense of help *
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I read this in an evening, didn't even need the bookmark I found! It's a fascinating portrayal of the two years the author Susanna Kaysen spent in McLean Hospital from when she was eighteen. She presents it... More
“Any longer and I'd have lost interest.”
it is likely that you will have seen the film, before reading this.
Kaysen's story is interesting as it gives us insight in to the world of the phsyciatric hospital of the late 1960's.
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“A lifelong favourite”
"Girl, Interrupted" is one of my favourite books ever. It tells the story of Susanna Kaysen - a troubled 18 year old girl who is suddenly one day placed into a mental institution and labelled with borderline... More
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