Topics about this book topics that mention this book. The voice that narrates girl, interrupted may at first strike readers as cool, intellectual, rational, and controlled, qualities normally associated with sanity. Girl, interrupted by susanna kaysen an 18yearold girl shares her angst with a psychiatrist she has never seen before. Girl, interrupted by susanna kaysen wrote this book of the time was admitted in the psychiatric hospital at a young age. We have great poetry, strong women, and empowering quotes. Girl, interrupted is a quick read, but worth reading more than once. Still, the book won critical acclaim and became a national bestseller. In the spring of 1967, while everyone else in her senior class seems to be making plans for college, susanna consumes a bottle of aspirin and a bottle of vodka. Girl, interrupted quiz that tests what you know about important details and events in the book. Read girl, interrupted by susanna kaysen available from rakuten kobo. The book didnt show much evidence of why she was diagnosed with this. When she arrives at claymoore, she is greeted by nurse valerie and shown round the womans. In the book, kaysen relates her experiences as a patient in a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Open library is an initiative of the internet archive, a 501c3 nonprofit, building a digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.
Girl, interrupted, which was published in 1993, 26 years after kaysens 1967 hospitalization, describes an era in psychiatry, and in american life, that no longer exists. Personal accounts of mental illness have always fascinated me. Meet susana, a young girl whose life is interrupted when shes sent to a mental hospital f or what was supposed to just be a rest, but turned into a long, life changing, confinement. Susanna kaysens memoir portrays the parallel universe of insanity with alarming precision. Girl, interrupted by susanna kaysen is a memoir that may or may not be for you depending on your own interests. Twenty minutes later, by her estimate, the patient is in a taxi on her way to a posh psychiatric facility for a much needed rest. This, however, is where the similarities endthe bell jar is a. Susanna kaysens personal account of life in a mental hospital in the late 60s which became a bestseller and was made into a major motion picture. Girl interrupted by susanna kaysen 1999 film duration. Sylvia plath was a patient at the same hospital in the early 1950s so inevitably comparisons have been made between plaths the bell jar and kaysens novelboth recounting a young womans descent into insanity.
Angelina jolie gives an intense performance, but overall girl, interrupted suffers from thin, predictable plotting that fails to capture the power of its. It is a voice full of humor, characterized by an understatement that leaves much to the imagination. A fictionalised account of the authors stay in a mental hospital lacks detail and entertainment value. Setting although they were isolated from the outside world, the women on the ward were allowed to watch television and call or write to loved ones, so they were exposed to the radical changes the u. Jan 14, 2000 in the spring of 1967, while everyone else in her senior class seems to be making plans for college, susanna consumes a bottle of aspirin and a bottle of vodka. Winona ryder plays the nutcase, and shes always been an attractant to our nutsac. Girl, interrupted is a memoir by american author, susanna kaysen. Girl, interrupted 1999 is based on the true story, and bestselling memoir, about a writer susanna kaysens account of her 18month stay at a mental institution in the 1960s. Jun 19, 20 in 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist shed never seen before, eighteenyearold susanna kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to mclean hospital. In april 1967, 18yearold susanna kaysen is admitted to mclean hospital, in belmont, massachusetts, after attempting suicide by overdosing on pills. Based on a memoir by author susanna kaysen, the film chronicles the protagonists suicide attempt, her relationship with her emotionally remote parents, as well as her. Girl, interrupted is a bestselling 1993 memoir by american author susanna kaysen, relating her experiences as a young woman in a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Susanna kaysens personal account of life in a mental hospital in the late 60s which became a bestseller and was made into a. Girl, interrupted by susanna kaysen was first published in book form in 1993 1.
Movie having seen the movie years before i read the book, i was shocked by how different each version of girl, interrupted was. In the 1960s, this landed her in the mental institution, claymoore. Girl, interrupted is a memoir by susanna kaysen that was first published in 1993. The memoirs title is a reference to the vermeer painting girl interrupted at her music while writing the novel far afield, kaysen began to recall her almost two. Feb 17, 2000 susanna kaysens girl, interrupted is the autobiographical story of the authors time in a psychiatric award in 1967. While only a small book 160 pages, not a single word is wasted and the result is a compelling. Only for a writer could that be considered a career path. Girl, interrupted by susanna kaysen book club discussion.
The novel begins with her trip to the doctor where she goes into extensive detail about her newly formed pimple, and her feelings of doubt and selfconsciousness. This book is all about the period of time in which a teenage girl enters a psychiatric hospital for having a borderline personality disorder. Susanna kaysen wrote girl, interrupted as a recount of her eighteen months as mclean hospital in the 1960s. We hope they will provide you with new ways of looking atand talking abouta book whose style and subject matter are equally provocative. First there was the suicide attempt, a halfhearted one because kaysen made a phone call before. The questions that follow are designed to enhance your groups reading of susanna kaysens girl, interrupted. How, as we go deeper into the book, does the voice play against what it is describingor heighten it. Sylvia plath was a patient at the same hospital in the early 1950s so inevitably comparisons have been made between plaths the bell jar kaysens account goes further and questions the standard notions of sanity and insanity. Supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. Girl, interrupted kindle edition by kaysen, susanna. Susanna kaysen, an 18 year old girl who had a headache and chased a bottle of aspirin with a bottle of vodka. The book had some great passages that had insightful concerns on what its like to live with mental illness in the 1960s and being diagnosed with border personality. Mar, 20 girl, interrupted really is a wonderful book.
Please be aware that this discussion guide may contain spoilers. Girl, interrupted is her account of the two years she spent there. Girl, interrupted by susanna kaysen, paperback barnes. Susanna kaysen is a tormented young woman, barely coming out of her teenage years. Girl, interrupted is an unsettling, provocative account of a girls journey through the depths of depression and her comingtoterms with both her illness and with growing up. Soon, with a push from her family, she has committed herself to claymoore, an upscale psychiatric institution. Feb 04, 2015 girl, interrupted by susanna kaysen an 18yearold girl shares her angst with a psychiatrist she has never seen before. Girl, interrupted lets talk plot, character and mental. She spent most of the next two years in the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientelesylvia plath, robert lowell, james taylor, and ray charlesas for its progressive methods of treating those who. Girl, interrupted, susanna kaysen girl, interrupted is 1993 memoir by american author susanna kaysen. The patient is the author and this is her true, very. A person suffering from mental illness will come into contact with a large number of professionals, on an inpatient ward seven or eight members of staff from both the ward and outside can decide that. In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist shed never seen. Interspersed through her book they provide a target for her irony.
The most interesting thing about girl, interrupted, a film version of susanna kaysens memoir of her mental breakdown in the 1960s, is the provenance of the title. Review by sophie smart in 1967, eighteenyearold susanna kaysen was sent to mcleans psychiatric hospital to be treated for depression. Susanna kaysen, the author of the 1993 best seller girl, interrupted, feels readers misunderstood the book shed intended to write. Susanna kaysens girl, interrupted is the autobiographical story of the authors time in a psychiatric award in 1967. What can we say, she electroshocks our private parts and lobotomizes.
In this, her memoir of her time there, she questions our definitions of sane and insane, and offers vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. This is one of the reasons for memoirs success as a genre. Girl, interrupted 1999 frequently asked questions imdb. Girl interrupted in 1967, 18yearold susanna kaysen was sent to mclean hospital to be treated for depression and spent most of the next two years there.
She talked about her time in the psychiatric hospital and the mental illness she was going through at. Here she is diagnosed, by dr melvin, with a borderline personality disorder. Welcome to the good books for teenage girls, a website that hopes to gather books, poems, free books, and various other resources that are applicable to teenage girls or those seeking books for teenage girls. Girl, interrupted is a clearsighted, unflinching document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery. Having seen the movie years before i read the book, i was shocked by how different each version of girl, interrupted was. Girl, interrupted is a bestselling 1993 memoir by american author susanna kaysen. Directed by james mangold, it stars winona ryder who also served as an executive producer as kaysen, with a supporting cast including angelina jolie, clea duvall, brittany murphy, whoopi goldberg, elisabeth moss, and vanessa redgrave. Girl, interrupted talked about borderline personality disorder, which is rarely discussed in media. How prezi does project status updates with a distributed workplace. In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist shed never seen before, eighteenyearold susanna kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to mclean hospital.
She was able to get a hold of her medical record by hiring a lawyer and started writing her story. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of girl, interrupted by susanna kaysen. In the final chapter, kaysen reveals the origin of the title of the book, girl, interrupted. The variety of characters she meets are relatable to the different types of people you meet through life, but this book gives more of a raw peak into their mind than what you might see on the surface in everyday. Kaysens prose is sophisticated, straightforward, and honest, with enough figurative language to give the book a poetic feel. Girl, interrupted is a 1999 american psychological drama film based on susanna kaysens 1993 memoir about her 18 months stay at a psychiatric hospital. Girl, interrupted is a bestselling 1993 memoir by american author susanna kaysen, relating her experiences as a young woman in an american psychiatric hospital in the 1960s after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist shed never seen before, eighteenyearold susanna kaysen was put in a taxi. The novel begins with her trip to the doctor where she goes into extensive detail about her newly formed. Girl, interrupted ebook by susanna kaysen rakuten kobo. When kaysen was 18, in 1967, she was admitted to mclean psychiatric hospital outside boston, where she would spend the next 18 months. Girl, interrupted and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle.
The memoirs title is a reference to the vermeer painting girl interrupted at her music. The book, girl interrupted to be radically distinguished from the movie based on it is one of the most masterful pieces of writing of the 21st century. In this, her memoir of her time there, she questions our definitions of sane and insane, and offers vivid. Asa, as i knew him, 1987 later, she has come to terms with the experience as detailed in this searing account.945 966 1013 471 566 6 24 1185 822 757 1225 1284 554 695 551 161 1200 1202 384 504 774 1074 912 248 307 1097 127 1120 710 215