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
This book really captures the feeling of any anti-social confused youngsters
feels like a screenplay (which it became) - a mix between cookoo's nest and judy bloom. Poignant but not particularily enjoyable...
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