By Marguerite Sechehaye, Grace Rubin-Rabson, Frank Conroy
This can be the amazing memoir of a tender lady referred to as basically “Renee,” whose descent into schizophrenia begun on the age of 5. Written with a diamond-sharp precision that lends it an eerie strength, it tells the tale of Renee’s lengthy sojourn in what she calls “The Land of Enlightenment" or “The kingdom of Tibet” and of her slow and painstaking go back to “wonderful reality.”
Renee strikes out and in of hospitals, occasionally in a position to consume in simple terms tea and spinach, or apples and spinach, simply because “‘The process forbade whatever else.” She regresses to a country such as infancy, and he or she stories severe depression, even though she regularly describes her reports with a pitiless and memorable calm, as if she has saw herself from a very good distance. And all of the whereas she is continued through the eye and realizing of her analyst, Marguerite Sechehaye, who has contributed an illuminating Afterword to her tale.
This harrowing and unforgettable paintings is a vintage within the literature of psychological illness.
With a foreword by means of Frank Conroy.
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Each afternoon before leaving for school, I drew the carriage to the open window and at great length studied how Riquette could avoid the sun on her head during my absence. At four o'clock I ran home, out of breath, to throw a little doll's dress over the bathing suit and to let her sit up for a while. At night, I spent much time covering her and tucking her in. During the winter I spent hours devising the best way for her to be warm enough without perspiring, to benefit from the cold air without getting sick.
Then three subjects literally terrified me: singing, drawing, and calisthenics, and I might even add sewing. It seems that I had a pleasant high soprano voice and the teacher counted on me for solo parts in the chorus. But he noticed pretty soon that I sang off key, singing 12 ' 28- T HE STORY sharp or flat as much as a whole step or two I wasn't watching. Furthermore, I was unable either to learn solfeggio, to beat the measure or to keep the rhythm. These lessons aroused an immeasurable anxiety quite disproportionate to the cause.
I seemed to have, then, everything necessary for success in the secondary school. Unfortunately, this was not the case, and the cause lay in the 'unreality/ At first I had trouble in adjusting to the schedule and to the new teaching procedure. Then three subjects literally terrified me: singing, drawing, and calisthenics, and I might even add sewing. It seems that I had a pleasant high soprano voice and the teacher counted on me for solo parts in the chorus. But he noticed pretty soon that I sang off key, singing 12 ' 28- T HE STORY sharp or flat as much as a whole step or two I wasn't watching.