The Camera My Mother Gave Me

by Susanna Kaysen | Health, Mind & Body |
ISBN: 0679443908 Global Overview for this book
Registered by biba89 of Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on 4/9/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Saturday, April 09, 2005
"This isn't a book you'll want to pull out on a crowded train, with clinical terms like clitoris and vulvologist, not to mention earthier ones like the F word, on virtually every page to attract the startled attention of the passenger in the next seat. Bluntly describing her yearlong effort to deal with a searing pain in her vagina, Susanna Kaysen doesn't stint on the details of what this malady did to her relationship with her boyfriend (nothing good), nor is she forgiving of the callousness and stupidity displayed by some of her doctors and various alternative health practitioners. Yet her appalling saga is compulsively readable, thanks to Kaysen's propulsive prose and sharp dialogue. She's particularly good at capturing the way people talk about their ailments over dinner and in the middle of other activities. Conversations with friends ramble from her medical problem to tiger maple furniture in an utterly convincing way, and one darkly funny scene shows a pal urging Kaysen to buy a coral necklace following a particularly horrid visit to the doctor because, "You have to get a nice thing after that appointment." Kaysen's laconic humor keeps the book from seeming self-pitying, though her terseness tends to muffle its emotional impact; she expresses her emotions without really conveying them to the reader in any depth. Nonetheless, the pared-down candor that made her portrait of mental illness so gripping in Girl, Interrupted also distinguishes this account of a decidedly physical affliction." --Wendy Smith -

Journal Entry 2 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Monday, June 20, 2005
"Pared-down candour" that would mean totally aloof and cool as a cucumber? No matter what happens, no matter how stupid the doctors are, no matter how callous the boyfriend, this woman is forever analyzing herself and what is happening to her. She never ever stops doing that. I totally recognise this. It seems she did a good job, too, analyzing.
And what a horrible thing to have happen to you, when you hurt and nothing seems to help. This Kaysen woman did an excellent job describing this situation.

Journal Entry 3 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Saturday, June 25, 2005
The book was found by my friend who was staying in our house for some days. Perhaps she has even read it.

Journal Entry 4 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Sunday, November 13, 2005
After traveling and being read by Papaver, it is back home, ready to be released somewhere.

Journal Entry 5 by biba89 at UMC (AZU) in Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Released 13 yrs ago (11/17/2005 UTC) at UMC (AZU) in Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands



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