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 ...
ospital 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.
"When you're sad, you need to hear your sorrow structured into sound."
like a melody this book is, a steady, soft melody going right through you with every page you turn. It's gentle, it's cruel, it's simply true and honest in making the reader understand what being istitutionalized in a psychiatric hospital means,
..." giving voice to questions everyone, at least once in life, (probably) ask themselves. The kind of book you could read a thousand times and never grow sick of it.Continua...Nascondi
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.Continua...Nascondi
A memory is a particular pattern of cellular changes on particular spots in your head. A mood is a compound of neurotransmitters: Too much acetylcholine, not enough seronin, and you've got a depression.
"Sei stata quasi due anni in manicomio! perché diavolo sei stata lì? Non ci posso credere!" Traduzione: Se sei pazza, allora sono pazzo anch'io, e siccome non lo sono, tutta la faccenda deve essere stata uno sbaglio."Sei stata quasi due anni in
...nni in manicomio? Cosa avevi?" Traduzione: ho bisogno di conoscere i dettagli della pazzia, in modo da convincermi di non essere pazzo. "Sei stata quasi due anni in manicomio? Hmm. E quando di preciso?" Traduzione: sei ancora contagiosa? Smisi di parlarne alla gente, tanto non se ne cavava nulla.Continua...Nascondi