«La gente ti chiede: come ci sei finita? In realtà, quello che vogliono sapere è se c'è qualche probabilità che capiti anche a loro. Non posso rispondere alla domanda sottintesa. Posso solo dire che è facile.»
A diciotto anni, Susanna Kaysen, dopo una sommaria visita di un medico che non aveva mai visto prima, viene spedita in una clinica psichiatrica. Passerà i due anni successivi nel reparto adolescenti del McLean Hospital, noto per i suoi pazienti famosi (Sylvia Plath, James Taylor e Ray Charles, tra gli altri) e per i metodi all'avanguardia.
La sua storia, raccontata con tono distaccato, a volte comicamente beffardo e sempre autoironico, riesce nell'impresa di trasmetterci il senso di un'esperienza che in genere può essere compresa soltanto da chi l'ha vissuta per davvero.
Da questo libro è stato tratto il film Ragazze interrotte con Winona Ryder e Angelina Jolie per la regia di James Mangold.
- ISBN: 8850245750
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 166
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 beca Leggi tutto
“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 o Leggi tutto
3 stars! While I did enjoy this book, I don’t feel I loved it as much as I expected to. CW: borderline personality disorder, suicide I 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 fict Leggi tutto
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “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 Leggi tutto
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 le Leggi tutto
Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen Girl, Interrupted is 1993 memoir by American author Susanna Kaysen. In April 1967, 18-year-old Susanna Kaysen is admitted to McLean Hospital, in Belmont, Massachusetts, after attempting suicide by overdosing on pills. She denies that it was a suicide attempt to a psy Leggi tutto
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 Leggi tutto
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 Leggi tutto
"'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 Leggi tutto
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 Leggi tutto
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