Faces in the Water

by janet frame | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0704338610 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Jozebedee of Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on 2/5/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by Jozebedee from Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Thursday, February 05, 2009
'I was now an established citizen with little hope of returning across the frontier; I was in the crazy world, separated now by more than locked doors and barred windows from the people who called themselves sane.' When Janet Frame's doctor suggested that she write about her traumatic experiences in mental institutions in order to free herself from them, the result was Faces in the Water, a powerful and poignant novel. Istina Mavet descends through increasingly desolate wards, with the threat of leucotomy ever present. As she observes her fellow patients, long dismissed by hospital staff, with humour and compassion, she reveals her original and questing mind. This riveting novel became an international classic, translated into nine languages, and has also been used as a medical school text.

An emotional read - worthy of it's *1001* status.

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Journal Entry 2 by Jozebedee at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, February 23, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (2/23/2009 UTC) at London, Greater London United Kingdom

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Off on its travels to wanderingstar8 first!
Hope you all enjoy!!

Journal Entry 3 by wanderingstar8 from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Just arrived - unfortunately in the same post as several other bookring books, but I'll get to it as soon as possible...

Journal Entry 4 by wanderingstar8 from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, March 12, 2009
A wonderful, if harrowing, read. Thanks for making it into a bookring.

This was quite an incredible piece of work. It's the narrative of a woman in a madhouse in, I guess, the late 1940s - the period of electric shock therapy and lobotomies.

Frame herself was incarcerated in several mental institutions over about 8 years, and although the book clearly states that it's a work of fiction, some of its power definitely derives from the depth of her own experience.

In many ways, it was a harrowing read - making me angry and sad by turns, and even frightened at the thought of how easily a woman could end up in one of these inhuman places.

It was also oddly poetic, in the narrator's periodic flights of fancy, but also even in the grim descriptions of the institutions. Istina (the narrator) is obsessed by the way that the worst wards have a smell about them, "a temple where a mixture of loneliness and despair was burned in place of interest".

And it's a very poignant read, as Istina slips further away from normality, but is still clear-headed enough to realise what is happening to her.

Journal Entry 5 by cat207 from Gladstone, Queensland Australia on Thursday, March 19, 2009
Arrived in today's mail. Thank you wanderingstar8 and Jozebedee for sharing your books. X

Journal Entry 6 by cat207 from Gladstone, Queensland Australia on Sunday, March 29, 2009
Absolutely brilliant. A riveting, enthralling read.

Heading off to Dave in the mail this week.

Journal Entry 7 by davemurray101 from Lower Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Recieved in the mail today from Cat207, thanks to Jozebedee for the bookring.

Journal Entry 8 by davemurray101 from Lower Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Friday, April 03, 2009
Just finished this one. An interesting journey into the world of the institutionalised. A world of institutions which fortunately have been reformed. Thanks to Jozebedee for setting this one up. PMing Bibliocrates

Journal Entry 9 by davemurray101 at Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, April 06, 2009

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sent to Bibliocrates in the post. hope you enjoy!

Journal Entry 10 by Bibliocrates from Fort Collins, Colorado USA on Wednesday, April 15, 2009
This book arrived safely here in Trinity, Alabama yesterday afternoon, mailed all the way from Australia! Thanks for posting it to me davemurray101! I'm looking forward to reading this one!

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