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To get the free app, mobile phone. Enhance your purchase. Dawson writes very well, with. Miss Dawson is neither sentimental nor sensational. Her heroine is a convincing and sympathetic character, and when her mind begins to shift into the nightmare perspective of schizophrenia the writing creates an atmosphere of quiet terror.
Miss Dawson writes very well indeed. I did not know the rules. After suffering a breakdown following the death of her mother, Josephine finds herself confined to an institution where patients are 'treated' by such means as electroshock therapy and lobotomies.
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But when she falls in love with Alasdair, a fellow patient she meets on the grassy bank of the ha-ha, she realizes that her recovery will have to be on her own defiant terms. Inspired by the author's own breakdown and hospitalization, The Ha-Ha remains a moving and powerful examination of mental illness. This new edition includes an afterword by the author and an introduction by John Sutherland. Read less. Print length. Valancourt Books. Publication date.
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Verified Purchase. I thought this book would describe the characters' mental illness more. I read it all at once hoping that I would get to a really good part but I didn't. I liked the book, but it was a but difficult reading. I was happy to have finished the book.
I have re-read this novel which I can see I bought back in The story is told by a young woman called Josephine who is incarcerated in a mental hospital. We're not informed exactly how she ended there but she had has some sort of psychological crisis following the death of her mother. Josephine had been a student at Oxford, is apparently exceedingly clever and specialized in Anglo-Saxon.
We are introduced to her on her first day in a new ward. A kindly and motherly German sister attends to her and talks with her. At the hospital Jo becomes friendly with another patient Alasdair whom she often meets at the ha-ha. The book is well-written and Jo's state of mind is described very subtly.
Jo undergoes a process of development and realizes she wants to live, and to feel, She was born for joy. Alasdair leaves the hospital suddenly without saying good-bye, which is upsetting to Jo. Jo asks the doctor about the outcome of schizophrenia. I found the book to be insightful and Jo's state of mind and experiences sublimely delineated. I highly recommend the book. See all reviews.
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Top reviews from other countries. It illustrates very well the state of mind of a person with untreated mental illness. It is a novel based on the author's personal experience which makes one feel very much in tune with the feelings of someone who is in distress. Very good. Report abuse.
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