Laura Rhodes told her story (based on a diary) of a recuperative period spent in a private mental hospital to Lucy Freeman,...

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Laura Rhodes told her story (based on a diary) of a recuperative period spent in a private mental hospital to Lucy Freeman, and it is in turn annotated and interpreted by a Dr. Robbins, a staff psychiatrist of still another hospital, Hillside. His fuller explanations of her conduct lend a certain informative value - at an elementary level to be sure- perhaps to compensate for the fact that neither Laura Rhodes nor her experience is very interesting -- even the circumstances which led to her voluntary commitment (a second suicide attempt). This took place on her first wedding anniversary after the birth of a little girl. Laura's retread of her experiences in the hospital, her irritations and resentments, her one escape attempt and her fantasies, memories and a dream which led to an Eleventh Hour revelation are confided with candor. Since she was very young at the time, given to self pity and self dramatization, she demands a certain patience on the part of the more experienced listener-reader. Often she sounds more petulant than disturbed.

Pub Date: June 30, 1964

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Page Count: -

Publisher: Putnam

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1964