THE HILL by Victor Chapin

THE HILL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The tragedy of ""life which survives in empty minds"" is documented here in unsparing detail and based on the case notes of a period spent in a state mental institution by a conscientious objector who served there as an attendant during the war. In his rounds of the wards, you will again find all the variations of mental disorder and delusion; the outbursts of obscenity and savage violence; the inadequate conditions in the hospital which is understaffed and unable to give much therapy to its patients. There is also the bad feeling which exists between the attendants; between the attendants and the doctors; and finally as directed against the colored girls sent up to work there. For Chapin himself, the loneliness of this life without real friendship, the futility, and finally the fear that he too might go insane ended in his own breakdown which forced him reluctantly to leave the Hill and face the reality he had been evading.... As personal experience, and to a large extent self-expression, this has validity; but certainly beyond that- it lacks the elements of revelation- and revulsion- which gave power to other accounts of life within the walls of an asylum.

Publisher: Rinehart