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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Mass Market Paperback – November 7, 1989
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“Convincing and emotionally gripping.” ―The New York Times
“A rare and wonderful insight into the dark kingdom of the mind.” ―Chicago Tribune--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Joanne Greenberg's semi-autobiographical novel stands as a timeless and unforgettable portrayal of mental illness.
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
Enveloped in the dark inner kingdom of her schizophrenia, sixteen-year-old Deborah is haunted by private tormentors that isolate her from the outside world. With the reluctant and fearful consent of her parents, she enters a mental hospital where she will spend the next three years battling to regain her sanity with the help of a gifted psychiatrist. As Deborah struggles toward the possibility of the "normal" life she and her family hope for, the reader is inexorably drawn into her private suffering and deep determination to confront her demons. A modern classic, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden remains every bit as poignant, gripping, and relevant today as when it was first published.
"A rare and wonderful insight into the dark kingdom of the mind."―Chicago Tribune--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
There is so much in this book that speaks to those who have never been diagnosed with a mental illness. It is a good way for many to have a better understanding of schizophrenia - a schizophrenia different from Sybil or Eve White/Black, but still similar. Frankly anyone going into psychiatry should be required to read this book.
I don't know if I'll ever read it again, but it has always been a book which left me profoundly affected.
The book is both tender and compelling. Some of the treatment of the mentally ill is no longer practiced, but somehow it remains timely. The characterizations are stunning, and the story is absolutely gripping. I think it MUST be an autobiography, but I've never seen that confirmed anywhere.
I think this book should be on everyone's life list.
This is not an easy book, but it is so worthwhile. Deborah's work with her psychiatrist, her relations with her fellow patients, and her slow movement back to the real world make an engrossing tale.
I've often heard of schizophrenic patients "hearing voices," but this book gave me an idea of how intricate an inner world can be for one who feels lost in the real world. I heartily recommend the book.
Most recent customer reviews
loved for years for its poetic yet unflinching look at human depths and hope