The Camera My Mother Gave Me

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A.A. Knopf, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 157 pages
"The Camera My Mother Gave Me takes us through Susanna Kaysen's often comic, sometimes surreal encounters with all kinds of doctors--internists, gynecologists, "alternative health" experts--as well as with her boyfriend and her friends, when suddenly, inexplicably, "something went wrong" with her vagina.
The title comes from Luis Bunuel's film "Viridiana. Some peasants are at a banquet in a country mansion. They ask a maid to take a group snapshot, and she obliges, lifting up her skirt and using the "camera" that's underneath.
Kaysen's "The Camera My Mother Gave Me observes what happens when sexual pleasure is replaced by pain. "When eros goes away," she writes, "it's as if I'm colorblind. The world is gray." But is this a problem of body, or mind? And can clinicians tease out the difference between the two?
Spare, frank, and altogether original, "The Camera My Mother Gave Me challenges us to think in new ways about the centrality and power of sexuality. It is an extraordinary investigation into the role sex plays in perception and our notions of ourselves--and into what happens when the erotic impulse meets the world of medicine

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User Review  - tealightful - LibraryThing

All I really have to say about this book is that it is a very acquired taste (which almost made me gag to type that phrase..). Kaysen is a decent writer but seems like she would be really miserable to ... Read full review

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Not sure how the title of this book matches the content but it's probably not a great book for a guy to read. Unless of course you want 150+ pages of reading about a women's problems with her vagina ... Read full review


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Susanna Kaysen is the author of the novels Far Afield and Asa, As I Knew Him and the memoir Girl, Interrupted. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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