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Asylum Piece; and Other Stories review â eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ This collection of stories mostly interlinked and largely autobiographical chart the descent of the narrator from the onset of neurosis to final incarceration in a Swiss clinic The sense of paranoia of persecution by a foe or force that is never given a naAgonist's unhelpful adviser the friend and lover who abandons her at the clinic and an assortment of deluded companions are sketched without a trace of the rage self pity or sentiment that have marked recent accounts of mental instabili. It's funny somewhere in the middle of this collection I thought to myself sure I like her stories but I'm not sure I'm going to join the cult of Kavan How many stories of paranoia can I handle but we all know just because you're paranoid it doesn't mean they're not after you It is a cult right I never heard of this mysterious writer until two of her volumes showed up on the Brain Pain reading list I kept thinking back to Jane Bowles who 16 years her junior was publishing around the same time Jane really nailed crazy in her novella Two Serious Ladies but Kavan approaches crazy from a different angle Both women dealt with mental illness or what often seems to me profound awareness Jane's women performed erraticly Kavan's I seems so composed as the clutches of the machine lurk in every corner A couple of stories later and I was looking for someone to initiate me into the cult Or perhaps Asylum Pieces is the initiation ritual Her language deceived me Every statement is delivered as a matter of fact but the details she chooses to include in her paranoid sketches surprise and please me In the heart of the collection as the character gets closer to capture her crimes a mystery to her and the reader the machinery imagery starts to emerge I couldn't help thinking of Big Chief vs Ratched and her Fog Machine But there is no Ratched at this Asylum just tennis dates and a clockwork tapestry of unease The foes remain hidden but their work is accomplished through therapists laywers and husbands I'm stoked to tackle Ice and some of her other works to see how she applies language to other themestopics etc

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This collection of stories mostly interlinked and largely autobiographical chart the descent of the narrator from the onset of neurosis to final incarceration in a Swiss clinic The sense of paranoia of persecution by a foe or force that. Going off the rails on a crazy train What the heck happened to me I used to be able to sit down write my reactions to a book make them have some relevance make them mildly entertaining Lately I find myself with nothing to sayHello Goodreads Yeah I’m phoning in another reviewI don’t know what to say about this novel I’m still not sure if I loved it or felt ‘meh’ about it But there were moments Moments I will not forget Like the birds outside the window and the feeling of calm that can only come from watching their freedom wishing to be the bird Just to be a little bird without any irrational fears getting in the way of my flightI wasn’t immediately sucked in to Kavan’s stark emotionless style but after a couple of chapters it started taking on a bit of a Marksonian feel for me and I was reeled right in I found myself relating to the narrator her anguish her paranoia her self consciousness – I mean my wiring doesn’t make the right connections all the time either I understand the paranoiac all too well I understand the iron bars of fear that keep us safe in our homes – even though sometimes we’re not even safe there Not safe in our own heads due to faulty wiring I know that when I go off the rails my own mind is the last place I want to be There’s no comfort there; no control My mind has a mind of its own I know what it’s like to swim to freedom only to find myself lost and returning to the comfort of the shackles Better the devil you know I understand the need to worry because of all the bad things that might happen if I don’t If I worry all the time I can make the bad things stay away right Anyway I think what has me on the fence is that while I was very much engaged in the parts of the story told in the first person when she switched to the third person I became disconnected She lost me for awhile there and never managed to pull me back inStill I hope she is able to leave the iron bars and shackles behind leave the cold the darkness and the isolation I hope she’s outside on a blanket under a tree watching the birds fly off in the bright blue sky 3755 rounded up

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Asylum Piece; and Other StoriesIs never given a name evokes The Trial by Kafka a writer with whom Kavan is often compared although her deeply personal restrained and almost foreign  accented style has no true model The same characters who recur throughout the prot. What a marvelous book or better how amazing that Kavan was able to get all these experiences down on paper She manages in what I suppose were her lucid moments to chronicle her descent into madness; but that cliché is insufficient for this book It's like a calm unpleasant journey no screaming no violence just a bewilderment as events unfold and she finds herself incarcerated in an asylum in SwitzerlandWritten as a collection of what first appear to be short stories it becomes clear fairly uickly that the stories are just a formal choice and that we are reading a cohesive continuous narrative The control and restraint and perhaps the uietness of the telling is what makes the book powerfully chilling She realizes what is happening and the futility of resistance and yet she maintains her composure going uietly to the gallows without complaintuite an amazing book and my first exposure to Kavan Will be reading her famous book Ice next