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Girl Interrupted doc Ø Paperback read ä reflectionslisburnltd ò 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 reYlvia 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 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 uote 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 uestion What’s keeping me out of the loony bin?” Precisely This story is told not from the perspective of someone who sees creatures lurking in the shadows or is convinced that she is the girlfriend of a Martian or is blinded by homicidal rage but by a young woman fully self aware of her own shortcomings It made me ask myself which is the worse fate? Descending blindly into madness or being fully aware of your own dilemma and finding yourself helpless to prevent it? I think the reason that so many people find this tale so haunting is that while reading it one can’t help but compare themselves to the narrator I certainly did And that’s the very reason this book left me feeling so unnerved I was strikingly similar to this MC at the age of her institutionalization What if I had been unlucky enough to be diagnosed by a therapist like hers? He spent all of fifteen minutes with her and came to the conclusion that she needed to be committed After reading about the interaction I can’t help but wonderWHY? And disturbinglywhy not ME?I dare you to read this and not ask yourself the same uestions This review can also be found at The Book Eaters

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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 recover 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 novel Whereas humans are the opposite they almost never talk about the here and now It’s always “I’m sure this wasn’t as expensive as last time we were here” or “you have to get your suit cleaned for next week” Human language is a really dangerous device it’s explosive because not only can you talk about things that aren’t in the here and now you can with very little effort talk about things that couldn’t possibly exist ever The owl and the pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat They took some honey and plenty of money wrapped up in a five pound note Well it’s just nonsense because you wouldn’t wrap up honey in a five pound note it would gunge up the five pound note no retailer would accept it and anyway an owl and a pussycat would never be able to hire a boat They wouldn’t have a clue about navigation – how could they use oars? Is this a motorised boat? Was it a tidal estuary? Anyway I’m getting distracted – by language And this proves my point Language means that hardly anything we say is true I wish I was dead My mother’s going to kill me The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain I am no longer in control of my own brain something else is All commonly used phrases a million of them none of them literally true Well we hope not We hope there are very few mothers who will kill their children actually kill them if they’re an hour late The metaphorical aspect of language which is its limitless joy and psychedelic legerdemain that we all are in love with or why would we be readers leads us humanish beings into some unhappy dark places All that beating of heads against walls about the Trinity in Christianity for instance It’s a metaphor – three aspects of God – not three Gods – it’s a poetic way of expressing an ineffable reality if you’re a Christian but the metaphor escaped and took on a life of its own and became a source of much befuddlement Susanna Kaysen artfully informs us how the madness gets in It’s when you can’t tell what is language describing something that is from language describing something that might be or could be or never could be She gives an example – that bureau in the corner looks like a tiger simile No – that bureau in the corner IS a tiger This whole book is about whether we are brains or minds Brains are very very very very very very very complex machines But minds are something else Drugs can fix brains like oil can fix an engine But drugs can’t fix minds The only power they had was to dope us up Thorazine Stelazine Mellaril Librium Valium the therapists’ friends Once we were on it it was hard to get off A bit like heroin except it was the staff who got addicted to our takin

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Girl InterruptedIn 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 S 3 stars While I did enjoy this book I don’t feel I loved it as much as I expected toCW 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 follow a linear plot ARC as opposed to unanticipated time jumps I would have enjoyed it as that as what I prefer to read I understand this fact is charming to many readers who love this book but it’s just not my cup of tea I also felt the chapters were too short and the novel as a whole I think I would have felt much from the stories and characters if I had time to learn their habits their desires and what makes them tickOn the positive side I loved the subject matter of the story Borderline Personality Disorder is rarely discussed in media so I feel the fact that Girl Interrupted exists and has gained widespread attention is amazing There are many passages that I feel are thought provoking and insightful regarding what it is like not only to live with an illness like BPD but what it is like to have a mental illness in the 1960’sThough I struggled with certain elements of the story and it left me a bit disappointed I would still recommend it to anyone looking for non fiction books about psychology and specifically Borderline Personality Disorder