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The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls Hardcover – 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: The Asylum Emporium (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z0W0SG
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 10.3 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,616,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Pamela on June 15, 2011
A warning, if you are under 13, I say this book will be inappropriate for you.

This book was fascinating and confusing, beautiful yet terrifying. Emilie Autumn tells a story that is not quite true, but not false. She mixes her story of when she went into a mental institute after trying to commit suicide, and the dark and scary past of the Asylum. If you seen many movies, or at least one, about the early to late 19th century England, you might have had a small understanding of how they treated their patients. They experimented on them, tortured them, and rapped them. Emilie tells this story greatly like back then, an Asylum yet to be shut down.
She tells the story of her childhood, her horrible childhood, and then skips her teenage years to when she is an adult, to when she is committing suicide in her bathroom. She tells how she if found, taken and having a completely ridiculous conversation with her psychotherapist, (who should not even be allowed the ability to speak)and admitted herself to The Asylum.
From here, it's Asylum 101 to Advanced. You will have a terrifyingly amazing view of perspective about the ways of the Asylum, how their methods worked, how the mind can be slowly changed, how you can make friends, more so allies, and enemies, and get the frustrating erg to punch Emilies doctor in his face for twisting her words and spying on her caged life in the Asylum.
Though some parts of the story seem unrelated, random, or just crazy, remember, this is Emilie Autumn we're talking about here. If you would like something similar to this book (Since all fans are always waiting impatiently for the next printing) then I suggest you listen to her Album, Opheliac.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Diane J. Trautweiler on September 14, 2011
I became acquainted with Emilie Autumn through her music in passing over a year ago, and became more interested in her within the past several months. When I heard she had a book coming out, my interest was a little piqued. This book, however, was not easy to find (though it wasn't difficult to find, either), and the price was a little steep, but my instincts told me, despite my current financial situation, to go ahead and buy it...and that I did.

I had no idea what to expect, but the volume and glossy color of the book staring boldly out at me from the box from whence it came wasn't the picture my imagination had drawn. I had no idea what I was in for.

It seems that, upon completion of reading this piece of art, I was struck with knowing its author a little more, yet still wondering if I really knew very much at all. What this book seemed to accomplish was to awe me with its dark twisted beauty, horrify and chill me to the bone with its graphic turmoil, and expand my heart to the author and every woman who has ever been locked a prisoner within the cold, calculating walls of an asylum.

This book is not for the faint of heart. It is, without a doubt, one of the most intense, page-turning journeys I have ever taken. I found myself, on a few occasions, needing a breath of fresh air and a tea break from the confined walls of this asylum, but yet, I couldn't help myself in checking in to make sure our heroine and her compatriots were okay.

This book is described as being an autobiography about Emilie Autumn's lock-up in her Asylum of Hell due to her life-long battle with Manic Depression and consistent thoughts of suicide. The book is filled with parts of her own handwriting and artwork, which makes the characters come alive in vivid color.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By x on March 8, 2014
I must admit that I've always been intrigued by Emilie Autumn. Not just the music she produces, but her costuming, her prose, and more than anything - her classical background gone bad, goth-girl rock. While not every piece she's created has inspired me, there have been periods where I turn to her music for the darkness, beauty and strength that it gives.

I bought the 2nd edition of this book because I could not afford the first; and I only bought this one because it went on sale. When I first started reading it, all I could think was, "this is a very dangerous book." And I do not mean that lightly.

The beginning of the book is gripping, terrifying and dangerous - I wanted to keep reading and yet I wanted to throw it down out of disgust. The cutting diary was frightening, illuminating, and real. It gave me insight into the mind of someone who would do these things, the reasons they needed to - which helped me better understand so many I've loved who have self-harmed, or worse, those that I've lost to suicide. But, when the 'letters' started to appear from Emily (with a 'y') - I was curious; as I read on I realized that this was just something to fill the pages with. Sure, it gives you some insight into why Emilie adores rats, why she paints her face the way she does, and many other things you may have always been curious about. But I wanted truth, not fiction. I wanted to read more about her ACTUAL stay inside the asylum; her treatment, her release, and what life was like after.

What I did not want to read was this faux story of a Victorian girl that could have been created from reading too many Wikipedia entries and watching too many period flicks.
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