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Girl, Interrupted

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Book Thirty Two.

Really. What a load of self-involved pretentious wank. Did not enjoy this one. First of all, how did they even turn it into a film? (I haven't seen the film.) There was... no plot. It jumped back and forth between her time at the hospital and her life afterwards, with no apparent point other than her own wayward train of thought. She seemed to veer between 'I was/am crazy!' to 'I wasn't/am not crazy, they just said i was crazy!' and back again. She wants the allure of being crazy, but also the righteousness of saying 'they fucked my whole life up'.

Do not recommend. If you want to read about a young girl in the nut house, try The Bell Jar. I didn't even like Esther, but that book was good.

Craft says:

Load of old shite then?

8th Aug 2012, 21:54

Wendle says:

Biggest pile of.

9th Aug 2012, 10:47

taniwha says:

I find that mental health problems are often done pretty poorly in literature/television. So many cliches - the dangerous maniac, the mad genius/beautiful mind, the oppressed and misunderstood sane/not sane person trapped by the system. All with a kind of glamour. I'm trying to think of a book where it was done well.

9th Aug 2012, 15:14

Wendle says:

Of the three books i've read in recent memory that deal with mental health i would say One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is excellent. The Bell Jar is so-so. Girl, Interrupted is a bag of wank.

9th Aug 2012, 20:04

Helen says:

I rather liked it, but I read it ages ago now. It's memoir, so based on her own experiences (not un-like The Bell-Jar). But then I like disjointed, because sometimes that's just the way things are.

9th Aug 2012, 20:04

Viv says:

I enjoyed the film

9th Aug 2012, 23:27

taniwha says:

Liked Cuckoo's Nest a lot. Kesey's follow up Sometimes a Great Notion was a bit of a curate's egg really. It was too sprawling for me but after I finished reading it, it stayed with me for a long time. Absolutely loved Demon Box for it's little snapshots of lives.

10th Aug 2012, 10:32

Wendle says:

Helen - I don't mind disjointed, but to me this seemed to random-train-of-thought-y, and needed a harsh edit.

Viv - Having not seen the film, i can't comment on it, but i would imagine they had to adapt it quite drastically to, you know, add a plot.

taniwha - I haven't read any other Kesey books, but Demon Box sounds interesting...

11th Aug 2012, 16:07

Napoleon says:

Anything about mental illness is a bit too close to home for me...

12th Aug 2012, 09:23