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10 thoughts on “Rescuing Patty Hearst

  1. says:

    I m a little late on this book review, as I finished this a couple of weeks ago, but here goes This book is set in the mid 1970s just around the time that Patty Hearst was abducted and centers on the author s mother s late developing schizophrenia and attempt to set up a camp for a secret army of children to be trained This memoir is a fascinating portrayal of mental illness schizophrenia and the ways in which we are adopted into sucked into our parents issues and disabled lives As a mat I m a little late on this book review, as I finished this a couple of weeks ago, but here goes This book is set in the mid 1970s just around the time that Patty Hearst was abducted and centers on the author s mother s late developing schizophrenia and attempt to set up a camp for a secret army of children to be trained This memoir is a fascinating portrayal of mental illness schizophrenia and the ways in which we are adopted into sucked into our parents issues and disabled lives As a matter of fact, the reader is led to believe that at points Virginia Holman as a child narrator actually believes that her mother s secret army will come to fruition.Holman s tone throughout the memoir switching from her 1970s childhood to present day 2000 was near pitch perfect, though I was disappointed that there were fewer present day chapters as the chronology of the narrative sped up And though I quite enjoyed this memoir as much as you can enjoy reading about schizophrenia , I did feel that the build up of the secret army was a bit of a letdown and I never understood why Why a secret army What war Maybe the author can t answer those questions herself, for the book is as much the author s search for the truth as it is a narrative And because the buildup of the secret army never goes anywhere, the middle of this book becomes slower, as the author s mother attempts to act normal when her husband moves into the cabin with them.I also think there s not enough Patty Hearst references in this memoir to justify the title, which means that the title itself becomes a gimmick for the reader to buy the book It s a bit of a letdown even for me, though I knew at the beginning that this was a memoir about a childhood under the spell of a schizophrenic mother.Still, this was a really good memoir and fascinating for its psychological insights Early on, Holman explains, Schizophrenics hear voices Now understand that unlike the voice you hear in your head telling you to remember to take your child to soccer practice at five o clock, these voices, though they come from the brain, sound as if they come from outside These voices are as loud and unpredictable as someone else s stereo It s not like being possessed it s like being assaulted and enslaved And I must confess that towards the end I worried in true pseudo hypochondriac fashion if I might end up a schizophrenic, too


  2. says:

    The my family was crazy memoir ought to be a separate genre in itself there certainly are enough of them Rescuing Patty Hearst is a pretty good example The secret to Virginia Holman s success is that she keeps chapters simple and short, letting the reader for the most part pass judgment on her mother s actions The end result is a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a woman who created a nearly untenable childhood for this feisty author Having grown up in the same era as Holman, I esp The my family was crazy memoir ought to be a separate genre in itself there certainly are enough of them Rescuing Patty Hearst is a pretty good example The secret to Virginia Holman s success is that she keeps chapters simple and short, letting the reader for the most part pass judgment on her mother s actions The end result is a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a woman who created a nearly untenable childhood for this feisty author Having grown up in the same era as Holman, I especially liked the way the 1970s became both a metaphor for her mother s insanity, and a possible reason for it Martha Mitchell was right about the secret government war why not Molly Maybe Watergatesque should join Kafkaesque as a byword for a government gone mad


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    Trying to understand mental illness, much less live with it or someone else is difficult, to say the least And to try and do it during a time when psychiatry didn t have the tools, or medication, it has now is evenchallenging I found this book interesting in the author s struggle to understand her mother through the lens of her illness Most people don t do that because acknowledging mental illness as a chronic condition means that you are challenged to treat it as such, and our society Trying to understand mental illness, much less live with it or someone else is difficult, to say the least And to try and do it during a time when psychiatry didn t have the tools, or medication, it has now is evenchallenging I found this book interesting in the author s struggle to understand her mother through the lens of her illness Most people don t do that because acknowledging mental illness as a chronic condition means that you are challenged to treat it as such, and our society doesn t exactly encourage that Sure we have the confessional culture of Dr Phil, Maury, and Oprah but that makes for a good hour of teevee, not a lifetime of struggling to live on a day to day basis


  4. says:

    This memoir is beautiful, thoughtful and heartbreaking Each page and every word has been polished until it shines It is also a fast read, because of that well polished prose it reads like a novel and grabs you from the first page You will want to know what happens, and why, and then what happens next You don t need to know anything about mental illness to appreciate this story in fact, I think the fewer preconceived notions you bring to it, the better It is, simply, one of the best memoir This memoir is beautiful, thoughtful and heartbreaking Each page and every word has been polished until it shines It is also a fast read, because of that well polished prose it reads like a novel and grabs you from the first page You will want to know what happens, and why, and then what happens next You don t need to know anything about mental illness to appreciate this story in fact, I think the fewer preconceived notions you bring to it, the better It is, simply, one of the best memoirs I have ever read


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    Lest the title confuse you, let me clarify that this book is NOT about Patty Hearst, except insofar as the author identified with her The book is the author s memoir of growing up with a schizophrenic mother When the author was eight years old, her mother became possessed by the delusion that she was on a mission to set up a children s hospital for a secret war The mother recruited the daughter into the mission, and because she was so young, it took her a few years to realize the whole thing Lest the title confuse you, let me clarify that this book is NOT about Patty Hearst, except insofar as the author identified with her The book is the author s memoir of growing up with a schizophrenic mother When the author was eight years old, her mother became possessed by the delusion that she was on a mission to set up a children s hospital for a secret war The mother recruited the daughter into the mission, and because she was so young, it took her a few years to realize the whole thing wasn t real As she begins to realize just how sick her mother is, she begins to try to break away, first by developing friendships in school, then by getting active in church, and finally by working with her father and various shrinks to get the mother committed.Though the book certainly made me sympathize with the author, I came away with particular respect for the father The book takes place mostly in the late 70 s, and incredibly, even in those years the courts would have awarded custody to the mother had he chosen to divorce her So for the sake of his daughters, and because of in sickness and in health, the father stuck by his wife and tried his best to create a unified home and family I think he succeeded in passing down the family value of loyalty as an adult, the author continues to have a relationship with her hospitalized mother.Because the book is a memoir and not a novel, it s true to life It s definitely a fast read, especially the scenes of the mother s madness, but there s no knockout, happily ever after ending Patty Hearst does get rescued, not by police squad but by therapy and soul searching And given her circumstances, that really is the best she could hope for


  6. says:

    Rescuing Patty Hearst is one of those books that is hard to describe in terms of why someone should want to read it The very short summary it s Virginia Holman s account of how her family survived her mother s mental illness schizophrenia that didn t become symptomatic until after she had children and a husband Holman s prologue begins as follows Nineteen seventy four was a bad time to go crazy She goes on to relate the paranoia that pervaded daily life and the fear and confusion that ca Rescuing Patty Hearst is one of those books that is hard to describe in terms of why someone should want to read it The very short summary it s Virginia Holman s account of how her family survived her mother s mental illness schizophrenia that didn t become symptomatic until after she had children and a husband Holman s prologue begins as follows Nineteen seventy four was a bad time to go crazy She goes on to relate the paranoia that pervaded daily life and the fear and confusion that cases like the one involving Patty Hearst and Stolkholm syndrome aroused in people If you can t trust yourself, who s left Holman s mother took her two daughters to an old cottage in Kechotan, VA where she enlisted their help in preparing for the secret war and the arrival of the war children Family lived nearby, but they dismissed a lot of the woman s behavior as eccentric, not psychotic Five years later, a psychiatrist evaluated her and explained that all of the weirdness was due to her illness Unfortunately, schizophrenia was even less well understood then than it is now, and it still isn t curable So after the evaluation, Holman s mother was released to the care of her family complete with the nasty side effects of anti psychotic medications What makes Rescuing Patty Hearst so enthralling is Virginia Holman s compassion for her mother and her family She creates a compelling story from fragments of memory of a time when everyone in the family was trying their best to survive and take care of each other, even if some of the efforts were misguided


  7. says:

    This book is about a girl growing with a mother who had schizophrenia Apparently the laws then required the person to have cut themselves or someone to be committed her mother kidnapped her and her older sister to live in their family s very old and run down summer cabin She believed she was in a secret war and had to set up a field hospital for orphaned children who would be sent to her She prepared the hospital, studied and made her daughter study medical stuff and practice night maneuvers This book is about a girl growing with a mother who had schizophrenia Apparently the laws then required the person to have cut themselves or someone to be committed her mother kidnapped her and her older sister to live in their family s very old and run down summer cabin She believed she was in a secret war and had to set up a field hospital for orphaned children who would be sent to her She prepared the hospital, studied and made her daughter study medical stuff and practice night maneuvers Eventually the father found a new job and moved up there but they were helpless to help her as she did not believe of course that she was insane and the law could not help them The husband stayed for a long time because he took his marriage vows seriously However at one point, it became so awful that he considered divorce Their life was absolutely dysfunctional and sickening He came back though when he realized his wife would not be committed and she would gain custody of the kids as was the norm back then The mom was normal one day and then she heard voices for the first time It was a gradual progression but no way to get her help as she would not go in for treatment willingly and they couldn t have her committed or forced to accept treatment Anyway, the book is captivating as the daughter, now grown, details their life during those 5 years until their mother was committed and trying to make sense of it all


  8. says:

    The story here came as a complete surprise to me as I bought it based on the title alone As someone interested in the local Northern California association with the Hearst family, I assumed the book would add to my understanding of their history It did, but only in a peripheral way Basically the Hearst kidnapping was used briefly as a back story to put the author s childhood into the context of the times when she grew up It was well done, as were the smattering of other references to growing The story here came as a complete surprise to me as I bought it based on the title alone As someone interested in the local Northern California association with the Hearst family, I assumed the book would add to my understanding of their history It did, but only in a peripheral way Basically the Hearst kidnapping was used briefly as a back story to put the author s childhood into the context of the times when she grew up It was well done, as were the smattering of other references to growing up, as I did, in the 1970 s Toughskin jeans, The Exorcist, Martha Mitchell, the Bicentennial, etc.My one word description of the author s memories of growing up the daughter of a schizophrenic parent is harrowing And that doesn t do her ordeal justice As hard as it was to read, my heart kept going out to the little girl who was confronted with these unimaginable situations.I applaud the author for her courage in confronting her memories, her parents, and her fears And then for allowing us a glimpse into that world.3 Stars Horrid waste of time May be enjoyable to some, but not me I am glad I read it Very enjoyable and something I d recommend A rare find, simply incredible


  9. says:

    This wasn t the story I was expecting, I was expecting the story of the years Virginia Holman s mother took her and her little sister to the family cottage to wait for a secret war that was never coming Her mother believed that she was chosen to set up a field hospital at the cottage and take in the children of the secret war Holman doesn t get in depth about their years at the cottage, she writesabout her cousins and friends from school than her mother She tells of the time that her mo This wasn t the story I was expecting, I was expecting the story of the years Virginia Holman s mother took her and her little sister to the family cottage to wait for a secret war that was never coming Her mother believed that she was chosen to set up a field hospital at the cottage and take in the children of the secret war Holman doesn t get in depth about their years at the cottage, she writesabout her cousins and friends from school than her mother She tells of the time that her mother made her little sister drink a glass of bleach and mentions how her mother would force her to participate in night maneuvers but she doesn t go into detail about either incident Holman writes in very short chapters and goes from her past to the present being in 2000 which irritated the hell out of me, it made it difficult to get into the story Her mother would later be diagnosed as schizophrenic and would continue to wreak havoc on her life and the lives of her father and younger sister until she was involuntarily committed to a hospital


  10. says:

    Found this quick read at the library on Friday and devoured it over the weekend Although not the best book in history, it was a retreat from the heavier nonfictions I m currently reading It is a reality inspired work of fiction From a psychology point of view, it is interesting to see mental illness from a child s perspective as well as the toll mental illness takes on families I only gave it three stars due to the fact that the book promised to focus on her view of being kidnapped by her p Found this quick read at the library on Friday and devoured it over the weekend Although not the best book in history, it was a retreat from the heavier nonfictions I m currently reading It is a reality inspired work of fiction From a psychology point of view, it is interesting to see mental illness from a child s perspective as well as the toll mental illness takes on families I only gave it three stars due to the fact that the book promised to focus on her view of being kidnapped by her psychotic mother however most of the book that occurs while she is kidnapped is not extraordinarily dramatic But it does discuss the real fears and confusion that children living in the face of mental illness experience I thought it was accurate and fun to read


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