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Beautiful, haunting novel,
By A Customer
This review is from: I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (Signet) (Mass Market Paperback)
A beautifully written, haunting account of a young girl's confinement in a mental institution and her struggle to overcome mental illness, presumably schizophrenia. Written in the early 1960's, the book is terribly archaic in its understanding of schizophrenia, but Greenburg's prose is so bewitching and her protagonist so fascinating, that it is easy to forgive some of her misconceptions about mental illness. her construction of the main character's alternate reality is particularly brilliant, and i found the book more enjoyable when read almost as a fantasy rather than a medical case history. All in all, a powerful, albeit occasionally tedious, work of literature.
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2011 10:15:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Dec 2011 10:17:26 GMT
Annie E says:
This isn't a novel, it's autobiographical. So making comments about her 'misconceptions about mental illness' is a bit daft, really, isn't it?? It's what she experienced as a mental health patient in the mid 20th century.
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