- Publisher: QUARTET BOOKS (2000)
- ASIN: B000SBNU30
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (423 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,601,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PROZAC NATION Paperback – 2000
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Personally, I found it interesting and revealing. No matter where she went, or what she was doing, or how much her friends cared about her, she still had those same old symptoms. That's clinical depression as opposed to someone who is in a difficult situation and therefore feeling lousy.
She needs to make this abundantly clear, because the final point, and the justification for her book's title, depends on the reader understanding the depth and breadth of her depression, and the etiology of it-- or lack of a clear cause, if that is a better way to put it. Wurtzel is not unhappy because her parents are divorcing, or because she was forced to go summer after summer to camps she hated, or because she disliked her afterschool program, or because high school was difficult for her academically (it wasn't). She's just depressed because there's something about Elizabeth Wurtzel that is bound to be depressed.
This leads into her late stated thesis: Prozac, and drugs like it are the Philosopher's Stone for people with this kind of ontological depression. But everyone seems to be taking something for the mildest and most transient of melancholias. Prozac has almost become a by-word for something doctors throw at hypochondriacs to make them go away.Read more ›
What was curious is that she skipped her entire high school years. I kept looking to see if I missed something, but oops, Wurtzel forget to put it in. She takes us through middle school, where she's starting to cut her legs, be depressed, and fail in school. She's starting to be a mess. And then all of a sudden, we go from age 12 to Harvard! Umm, what happened in between? How did she manage to get into Harvard? Did she become unpsychotic, pull up her grades, attend high school as a normal girl? Did her depression go on vacation for 4 years, and then come back to her in college? I found this rather distracting, as she gives no information on how she ended up there, and who is paying for her bill.
Anyway, I got about 2/3 through and then just stopped because it got repetitive. The same story. There was no growth, no change, Wurtzel didn't seem to want to get rid of her depression. She was now in her early 20s yet acted like the ten year old she was earlier in the book.
Judging from the skipped high school years, I tend to think she made a lot of this up. And that really bothered me.
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Elizabeth Wurtzel writes well but she has a tendency toward whining. I'm surprised she has any friends left.Published 1 month ago by Dianne is an Amazon Customer
I found it very insightful, giving a glance at the life of a person suffering for depression.Published 1 month ago by Yael stern
This premature memoir certainly gives the reader an idea of what it's like to suffer from depression, though in her case (as with many, I know) it's so entangled with extreme drug... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Penny Nymsudo
Terrible. I don't know how they made a movie out of such a bad book.
This is one of those rare cases where the movie was actually much better than the book. Read more
Elizabeth Wurtzel is a great writer. Her writing is fresh and she is well educated and talented. However, after the 6th chapter things become extremely repetitive in regards to her... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dreya
During the fall of 2009, my 24th year on this earth, the beginning of one of the darkest times I have ever been through in my short life,one of my fleeting friends handed me a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by MinustheGirl