Girl, Interrupted

Girl Interrupted Searing captures an exquisite range of self awareness between madness and insight First published in Reprinted and a bestseller in due to movie based on the book In the late s the autho

  • Title: Girl, Interrupted
  • Author: Susanna Kaysen
  • ISBN: 9780679746041
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • Searing captures an exquisite range of self awareness between madness and insight First published in 1994 Reprinted and a bestseller in 2000 due to movie based on the book.In the late 1960s, the author spent nearly two years on the ward for teenage girls at McLean Hospital, a renowned psychiatric facility Her memoir encompasses horror and razor edged perception Searing captures an exquisite range of self awareness between madness and insight First published in 1994 Reprinted and a bestseller in 2000 due to movie based on the book.In the late 1960s, the author spent nearly two years on the ward for teenage girls at McLean Hospital, a renowned psychiatric facility Her memoir encompasses horror and razor edged perceptions, while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers Searing captures an exquisite range of self awareness between madness and insight Boston Globe.

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    1. Susanna Kaysen

      Susanna Kaysen is an American author.Kaysen was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts Kaysen attended high school at the Commonwealth School in Boston and the Cambridge School before being sent to McLean Hospital in 1967 to undergo psychiatric treatment for depression It was there she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder She was released after eighteen months She later drew on this experience for her 1993 memoir Girl, Interrupted, which was made into a film in 1999, her role being played by Winona Ryder.She is the daughter of the economist Carl Kaysen, a professor at MIT and former advisor to President John F Kennedy Her mother, deceased, was sister of architect Richard Neutra Kaysen also has one sister and has been divorced at least once She lived for a time in the Faroe Islands, upon which experience her novel Far Afield is based.

    287 thoughts on “Girl, Interrupted”

    1. have you ever spent any time in a psychiatric hospital yeah, well, i don t recommend it i was a patient for a total of 2 and a half days, and it was one of the best and worst experiences of my life i liked this book because i was able to relate to some of her feelings when i went in, it was because i was on the verge of something, and thank god i caught myself in time my first morning there, i remember thinking, i have to get out of here, because i may not be crazy now, but these people will mak [...]


    2. 3 stars While I did enjoy this book, I don t feel I loved it as much as I expected to borderline personality disorder, suicideI am not much of a non fiction reader, so the format and storytelling methods of memoirs and such are unfamiliar to me, and I typically do not enjoy them as much as fiction novels I did believe I would enjoy Girl, Interrupted than other non fiction works that I ve read because I am a big fan of the film adaptation I feel as if the book were to be chronological and follo [...]


    3. Was insanity just a matter of dropping the act Good question, isn t it You may start asking yourself this after reading this book.I only spent a few months taking care of patients in psychiatric hospitals, but it made me really appreciate the nuances of Kaysen s story It is the viewpoint of someone who had to experience questioning her sanity the one thing most of us take for granted Every window in Alcatraz has a view of San Francisco What some don t know about personality disorders is that the [...]


    4. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum People ask, how did you get in there What they really want to know is if they are likely to end up in there as well I can t answer the real question All I can tell them is, it s easy Boy was it ever easy for Susanna Kaysen to end up in a psychiatric hospital Now, Susanna was not normal per se She randomly obsessed about things as bizarre as whether or not she actually had bones in her body since she couldn t see them and was battling depression that at one [...]


    5. I m sort of at a loss for how to describe this book and the emotions it provoked within me I guess the best word I could use is unsettled , but probably not for the reason you would imagine This quote might shed some light on what I mean The less likely a terrible thing is to happen, the less frightening it is to look at or imagine A person who doesn t talk to herself or stare into nothingness is therefore alarming than a person who does Someone who acts normal raises the uncomfortable question [...]


    6. Everything is made of language In the morning you hear those damned birdies tweedlydee tweedlydoo to each other or some damned cats meowing but that s not language It may be communication but it has no grammar and it can only describe the here and now the hear and know The birdies are tweebing about the cats, look there s a kitty cat watch out and the cats are meowing about the birdies I see a lot of edible things in trees and it doesn t get much interesting than that They will never write a no [...]


    7. After reading novels like One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest or The Bell Jar, one could be forgiven for feeling skeptical about the treatment for the mentally ill during the 1960 s I m not sure Susanna Kaysen s memoir will change that much In 1967, after a short interview with a psychiatrist, she was admitted, committed may be a better word , to a mental hospital in Massachusetts, the same one that treated Sylvia Plath Her stay lasted about 2 years She was told she had a character disorder Twenty f [...]


    8. Onvan Girl, Interrupted Nevisande Susanna Kaysen ISBN 679746048 ISBN13 9780679746041 Dar 169 Safhe Saal e Chap 1993


    9. Today, you seem puzzled about something Of course I was sad and puzzled, I was eighteen, it was spring, and I was behind bars Kind of sheds light on the whole system of mental asylums, doesn t it Anyway how do you know if the treatment of a mentally disordered person is working You won t take their word for it, and if they question the institution, than you can claim and actually genuinely believe that you are suffering from persecution complex That is the trouble they have a big word for everyt [...]


    10. While Susanna Keysen composes some very poetic essays offering alternative and sometimes beautiful perspectives in her autobiography, her general tone is very, very defensive Granted discussing whether or not one suffered from a mental illness can never be easy, but the book seems to be her manifesto for proving that she wasn t really borderline, as her therapist diagnosed I don t know enough about Borderline Personality Disorder to judge I agree that it seems women are disproportionately diagno [...]


    11. Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

      I told her once I wasn t good at anything She told me survival is a talent.Insanity For most of us the idea of being insane is scary The harder question is the why why is insanity so scary Is it so scary because we have all, at one time or another I believe , doubted our own sanity I know I have Or is it so scary because it is so impossible to define, to categorize in absolutes When is the threshold at its thinnest In the moments when my brain launches like a freight train into a station, yet in [...]


    12. We re told not to, but I sometimes do judge a book by its cover At least once in my life, it has paid off I first read this book because I saw it laying under the desk of a girl in my French class in 8th grade and was immediately attracted to it the constrast of blue against white and the separation and duality of the girl between.It was beautiful and strange and thought provoking and somehow irrationally felt as close to me as some crazy friend who d been trapped in my own brain for thirteen ye [...]


    13. Saw the movie, loved Angelina in it Now I ll tackle the book Update Finished the novel I m now convinced that the publication and fantastic reception of this novel was probably a great case of timing Kaysen s account of her stay in McLean Hospital is a captivating look into her mental state during her 2 year stay However, I ve got to say that if she had stayed elsewhere, or tried to publish her account now, it probably wouldn t have been received as favorably For the most part, many of her inter [...]


    14. I just sat down for two hours and read this book I ve always loved the film, ever since I was a young teen and discovered it It s only now that I ve finally read the book, and it was beautiful It s true, it s honest, it s insightful I feel like I really understand Susanna, and I loved her voice I may not have the same thing she was diagnosed with, but I have experienced mental illness and a lot of her psyche involves things that I can on some level relate to It s beautifully written I m not huge [...]


    15. I read this book around the time the movie came out I remember liking it, but not loving it I m curious to maybe do a re read one day I kind of felt like it was one of those books that got a lot of hype and didn t live up to it I liked the movie If I ever do a re read, I ll add to this I don t remember much, to be honest, except that it didn t blow me away I bought the book and I ended up over the years donating it to a thrift store So, I must not have liked it that much P


    16. This book was a memoir of Susanna Kaysen s time in a mental institution and it was written in homodiegetic narration.When I first started this book I thought it would be an excellent insight into the damaged mind of a young eighteen year old girl and I was looking forward to the intriguing thoughts of a mentally ill person However, I found that the book mostly focused on the author s time in the mental institution and I did not get a sense of how the illness affected herself Kaysen mainly descri [...]


    17. An interesting look in to a subject of which I have little knowledge.Susanna Kaysen shares her experience of living in a woman s mental institution for two years during the 1960 s when she was 18 years old This was a very quick and easy read the narrative is broken up with scanned documents from Susanna s case and she discusses what the doctors and nurses have to say about her I wasn t blown away by this novel I think I just expected a little from it I found the topic to be very interesting and [...]


    18. Mental Illness is always viewed with stigma and scorn even today The first thought that comes to our mind when we hear the term is the word mad However, not every person who is diagnosed with a mental illness is mad.The book follows Susanna Kaysen, who is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder when she was just 17 years old Once hospitalized, she befriends her inmates and together we get a glimpse of their lives and struggles Definitely, a book that everyone needs to read at least once i [...]


    19. Kaysen s memoir paints a picture of a girl whose mental health is alternately proven through vivid awareness of the world around her, and disputed by accounts of self harm and detachment It s interesting to note the similar war between those who have read this book Half of them conclude that she was a confused and directionless young woman whose stint in McLean was the result of an intolerant society and a psychological field still in its kneejerk infancy They wonder, could that have been me The [...]


    20. Disappointing While there were some entertaining parts, I found the whole book strangely cold and lacking The author gives virtually no insights whatsoever into her own illnes, or really how she felt about the whole situation She came across a little like a spoilt ungrateful rich kid, which granted, at some point she does make a semi reference to I could not really comprehend I what she was trying to do with this book,or who she was at all I felt like she was telling the stories of those around [...]


    21. I ve watched the movie multiple times, and loved it but I m sad to say this is one of the times that the movie adaption was far superior to the book I enjoyed the insight, and as someone with a BPD diagnosis I definitely recognised patterns of thought or behaviours that felt familiar to me, but I feel as if it didn t move me as much as I was hoping it would Reading this has definitely motivated me to look deeper into literature focusing on mental illness, and specifically BPD, but for now I m l [...]


    22. Girl, Interrupted was on my TBR for a long time, and I m glad to say I ve finally gotten around to reading it I didn t realize it s non fiction until recently It details the author s stay in a psych ward that stretched on for eighteen months during the sixties Pretty fascinating stuff, especially to this history lover I must admit I had a hard time letting myself get drawn into this book I couldn t get a clear grasp on the characters and the whole thing felt rushed, episodic I m glad I read this [...]


    23. This is 2 books in a row I have read about mental illness I don t mean to be harsh here but I did not like this book at all It was a lot like An Unquiet Mind It seemed sporadic and cold Maybe because it was written from the point of view from a person who has mental illness Maybe the difficulty is with organizing thoughts and time I am not sure but for me, it was a difficult read I also found it odd that Susanna said very little about her family This was a book about her but I find it hard to be [...]


    24. This probably wasn t the best book to read while currently trying to recover from mental illness, but I honestly just felt nothing for this book I felt like the attachment between the writer and the reader that is supposed to be there wasn t there at all I also couldn t understand some of the scans of the documents as the writing was ineligible, at least for me.This book was such a disappointment, especially after the HUGE impact that Prozac Nation left on me.


    25. Are you crazy It s a common phrase, I know But it means something particular to me the tunnels, the security screens, the plastic forks, the shimmering, ever shifting borderline that like all boundaries beckons and asks to be crossed I do not want to cross it again 159 Girl, Interrupted is a memoir regarding Susanna Kaysen and her overall journey as a medical patient in her late teens In 1967, Susanna was an ordinary eighteen year old until she attempted to commit suicide by swallowing 50 Aspiri [...]


    26. Being a big fan of the movie adaptation, I ve always been curious to check out the book Well, now that I finished reading it, I don t feel like I ve gained anything from it It was a very short and easy read, there wasn t anything special about the writing style, and as a whole it felt rather empty Kaysen recollects little stories and observations from her time at McLean, but there s a lot of jumping around and no real sense of chronology which makes it difficult to follow or even care It was all [...]


    27. I totally related to this tale I was diagnosed bipolar in 2007 and attended an outpatient program 5 days a week at the locally known looney bin It s something that never leaves you However, it seems to me that she may have been given a bullshit 1960s diagnosis Most of what she described is experienced by the majority of the young adult population I m proud of her for not letting these 3 years define her life She became who she wanted to be, warts and all No one is perfect Life isn t rose colored [...]


    28. This was a quick read but excellently written I saw the movie years ago, which is different than the book Also, I read this after reading I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Bottom line is that it s not easy being an adolescent young adult female in any day or time period There are so many changes encountered while growing up and becoming an adult that it is very difficult to adjust to the changes and make the transition to being a successful, independent person.


    29. The first book that I read this summer was a fiction book called Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen This book was an autobiography written about Susanna and her experiences at McLean Hospital Susanna Kaysen spent two years from the age of 18 at the ward for teenage girls in the psychiatric hospital Those who could afford it stayed at the hospital and those who could not were sent off into the real world A major theme that appeared multiple times throughout this book was happiness.Most of the gi [...]


    30. Originally fromI Write, Therefore I am AliveSusanna Kaysen memoir, Girl, Interrupted This is written in account of the author s experiences in a mental institution and being diagnosed of having Borderline Personality Disorder The book don t really follow a certain storyline with chronological events but somehow covers some of it but focused on her reflections and realization on what happened and why she ended up being institutionalized I liked how I get into the mind of an insane or borderly in [...]


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