Girl, Interrupted

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Susanna Kaysen
Girl, Interrupted

Girl, Interrupted is a modern Bell Jar. It is an accurate and rather blunt portrayal of a teenage girl and her experience in an insane asylum. Susanna Kaysen’s memoir is terse, original and very memorable. I loved it.

One of my favorite parts of the book was the author’s reflection on her friends living in the asylum. Not only did she describe them truthfully, but she also tried to understand each girl’s mind and how it operated. Susanna Kaysen’s description of the asylum is equally memorable. It was not difficult to imagine the strict nurses or the room of solitary confinement.

Another unique aspect to this book is that many of Susanna Kaysen’s medical records are included. At the beginning of each chapter, the corresponding medical paperwork is shown. It was very interesting to read the nurse’s comments, then the author’s recollection of a particular event.

Girl, Interrupted is a wonderful memoir, and I definitely recommend it.

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Gabrielle M., Circulation

 

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