“Girl, Interrupted” by Susanna Kaysen


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"Girl, Interrupted" by Susanna Kaysen
Book Summary
In Girl, interrupted Susanna Kaysen (1993) tells the real life story of her experiences in McLean Psychiatric Hospital in the 1960s. Kaysen was admitted in 1967 at the age of 18, and stayed in the hospital for almost two years, diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. She includes in her memoir actual files from her hospital record. Her book is a strong indictment against the way in which mental health patients were treated.
This is an unusually written memoir, in the sense that it is not told in a linear way. It comprises short chapters, each one a snippet that either tells the story of another character, or reflects on the nature of insanity and the way it is treated, or tells the...
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.....ainful discreditation, she repudiates her alignment with the stigmatized insane and attempts to blend with the dominant culture.
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