|Plot Summary of The Heart Too Long Suppressed: A Chronicle of Mental Illness|
Northeastern University Press, 2001, 244 pp.
As a child, Ms. Hebald had no allies once her father died, but even he, on his deathbed, “abused” her when she was five. Others from her mom to her baby-sitter to her lovers to her doctors made her feel that life is miserable. For instance, as a teen a psychiatrist acclaimed she was a sure shot suicide. A series of hospitals and a bunch of losers with psychiatrist degree provided Ms. Hebald little solace, plenty of unhelpful advice and turned her stomach into a chemical processing plant. Finally at forty-four, she decided it was time to recycle her life starting with dumping her drug paraphernalia into the ocean.
Readers should understand this is not an easy memoir to follow as Carol Hebald goes deep inside her brain to explain four decades of mental illness highlighted by several suicide attempts. The author is all over the place with the influences in her life turning her autobio somewhat into a NYC rush hour train. Though it is difficult to follow her narrative, the audience will find it worth the time for anyone dealing with mental illness or a family member because overall this is a powerful condemnation warning for the buyer to beware.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Heart Too Long Suppressed: A Chronicle of Mental Illness|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Phys disability/mental struggle?
- mental illness
- mental hospital
Life in an institution
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
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