A fictionalized autopathography based on the author s own experiences with the healing process in early 20th century mental health facilitiesThe Snake Pit was startlingly realistic 35 Very interesting uniue way of describing insanity You could actually feel how it would be to experience this very sad rating 45 5the most impressive thing sad Rating 45 5The most impressive thing this book in my opinion that I would like to point out is the writing style and how original it is and how well it matches with the subject matter of the storyTo briefly describ An important book to be sure but I m not so sure about the
and overall Maybe I m missing somethingI love the film starring Olivia de Havilland though it made me cry and doubt my sanity I am ust me Virginia Stuart Cunningham There is only one of me and it is having a hard enough time thinking for one let alone splitting into twoThe Snake Pit was written in 1946 and details a ournalists nervous breakdown into multiple personalities I ve seen the film which is uite depressing though Olivia D Havilland is fantastic and I picked up the book at an antiue store or somewhere Once I got through the first uarter of it the story picked up It s a well written albeit depressing novelpacing and overall
I like old books that make you think and realize what life used to be like and this is certainlylike old books that make you think and realize what life used to be like and this is certainly example of what institutions were like in the past Thank goodness such things don t happen or to that extent in mental health facilities today Definitely thought provoking and recommended First read January 30 2019I m really surprised that I loved this book as much as I did I guess I assumed that due to it being or less forgotten it hadn t stood the test of time or was ust a poorly written trendy book that was only popular in its own time because of the shocking subject matter However I was mistaken and I really enjoyed this The narration shifting from first to second to third person is something that I ve never come across and I enjoyed it if only for the novelty of it but I think it also added something to the text highlighting Virginia s unstable sense of selfI found the depiction of mental illness very realistic and empathetic that sounds like little to ask but surprisingly few books on mental illness strike this balance It s immediately. A dramatic best seller The Snake Pit vividly depicts one woman's plunge into the nightmare world of the mentally ill and her agonizing climb back. .
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Me of my Women s and Gender Studies professors and those preparing to deal with mental illness Now good luck finding a copy Also it brought me SO much JOY to hold an old book and read it There s ust something about vintage Don t let this author die Read I picked this up because I found out it was based on a hospital about 10 minutes away from where I live It S An Interesting Look an interesting look how mental illness was
treated less than a century ago and a good reminder thatless than a century ago and a good reminder that we ve come very far in many medical areas mental illness is still not always well understood and remains a social stigma Also let me ust say that I m glad we no longer go with the idea of well if this would make a sane person insane then maybe it will make a insane person sane Really who decided you could shock someone back into sanity by throwing them in a pit of snakes The Snake Pit begins like so many social comedies with a woman called Virginia newly arrived in New York from the Midwest wondering about all the crazy city people around her We learn she is a ournalist that she is waiting for her husband who is unaccountably and irritatingly late and that she is sharp and funny and accomplished though a little confused by her surroundings A few pages in we realize Virginia isn t sitting in a park in Manhattan She s a patient in an insane asylumWard makes craziness uncomfortably natural as well as breathtakingly surrealreal At several points in the book I convinced myself that Virginia was completely recovered only for Ward to slap me with the realization that what I had taken for sanity was a deepening of her madness Ward recognizes the inherent craziness of sanity at one point Virginia knows she is getting better because she feels normally petty selfish and secretive again At the same time she depicts the nightmare whirl of madness as vividly as Antonia White did in Beyond the Glass Ward is also better than White on the humanity good and bad of the caregivers and I loved the way that she left us with no pat solution to Virginia s collapse or to her recovery but instead with clues ideas vague feelings and suspicions If that wasn t enough this is also a very funny witty and clever book It could almost be read as the satirical social comedy I thought it was when I picked it up. Fictionalized brilliant and uncompromising first person account of madness and life in an insane asylum was subseuently made into a haunting movie. Obvious that the author is writing from personal experience if
only because of how realistically she portrays mental illness ie not glamorizingromanticizing it presenting the symptoms as they are andbecause of how realistically she portrays mental illness ie not glamorizingromanticizing it presenting the symptoms as they are and social effects of it and her empathy Virginia is not a monster or morally corrupt in any way and her suffering in the institution is carefully detailed It s hard to get across the exact tone that Ward strikes but suffice it to say that I greatly appreciated it Particularly since it is from the 1940s It would have been easy for Ward to submit to tropes from the time but she resisted and I find that admirableI do wish that some of the ideas around psychoanalysis were a little fleshed out clearly Virginia and Richard resent it but is that them merely being defensive Or Ward s comment on its ineffectiveness There s also a bit of an ominous tone towards the end and I couldn t help but feel that Virginia would have a good chance of relapsing at home and getting no further help But those things didn t necessarily decrease my enjoyment of the book ust left a nagging thought at the back of my mind Overall I really enjoyed this and greatly appreciate it for its depiction of institutions in the mid 20th centurySecond read June 27 2020I think I have almost the exact same feelings as I did the first time I read it and I don t think I necessarily gleaned anything new from the reread Still an enjoyable book with a lot of important and interesting messages I ll give Mary Jane Ward 4 out of 5 birds for her novel The Snake Pit This is a tough book to find my friends I bid for it on Ebay and waited patiently for it to come My good friend Genie recommended to me because she knows I like the crazy in life If I could be so bold to compare this book it would be an earlier The Bell Jar I felt like I was on the ward with Virgina Cunningham living with all the other crazies I couldn t believe that shock
treatment was used so freely and some ofwas used so freely and some of treatments were pretty out there I m so glad that helping those with mental illness has come as far as it has We still have a ways to go The only thing that was hard with this book was the umping around I often found myself flipping back pages to be like Wait where are we now It s a great and uick read I d recommend it to so. To health and freedom When it was first published the book claimed attention as a moving study of mental illness based on personal knowledge This.