The Painted Bridge

The Painted Bridge

Book - 2012
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Outside London behind a stone wall stands Lake House, a private asylum for genteel women of a delicate nature. In the winter of 1859, recently-married Anna Palmer becomes its newest arrival, tricked by her husband into leaving home, incarcerated against her will and declared hysterical and unhinged. With no doubts as to her sanity, Anna is convinced that she will be released as soon as she can tell her story. But Anna learns that liberty will not come easily. The longer she remains at Lake House, the more she realises that like the ethereal bridge over the asylum's lake nothing is as it appears. She begins to experience strange visions and memories that may lead her to the truth about her past, herself, and to freedom or lead her so far into the recesses of her mind that she may never escape. Set in Victorian England, as superstitions collide with a new psychological understanding, this elegant, emotionally suspenseful debut novel is a tale of self-discovery, secrets, and search for the truth in a world where the line between madness and sanity seems perilously fine.
Publisher: London : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
ISBN: 9780857209276
0857209272
Branch Call Number: HISTORICAL
Characteristics: 386 p. ;,24 cm.

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multcolib_susannel Apr 18, 2015

Can photographs be used to diagnose your sanity? Can your husband put you in an assylum and keep you there even though you aren't crazy? Once there can you espcape again?

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ecifani
Jun 26, 2014

I think her being placed into the asylum was unfair and that treatment with some doctor's appointments probably would of worked fine...but then there wouldn't be the story. I enjoyed the friend making and love interest, except for the fact that she is married.

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wiredonjava
Feb 28, 2014

Beautifully written account of the loss of a woman's freedom, forced to an asylum by her jerk pious husband. Confirms that often those in authority of such systems are the truly insane ones.

martins_mom Feb 23, 2014

The kind of book that makes you want to take someone (Anna's husband, for instance!) and throw him across the room. I was completely engrossed by this sad story.

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21221018293347
Oct 23, 2013

slow. I lost interest part way through the book.

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muffin0321
Jul 22, 2013

i enjoyed this book.
thank heavens that women's rights have come a long way in time. Though not yet for all women.

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KarenW
Jun 09, 2013

Anna has been forcefully taken from her home by a her husband who desires to be rid of her as he cannot understand her. Shouldn't she be a meek and mild wife? And shouldn't she be grateful to him for putting up with her moods? And yet Anna is only a normal woman who is trying to find love and intimacy in a time period that would not accept this in wives. Her persistence in denying the charges and enduring cruel and indifferent treatment by the staff, lead her to find the truth in her life and gain back her freedom after paying a high price. What a wonderful read!

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beachcat2
Sep 16, 2012

I really liked this book : it raises questions about what is sanity and what is madness; the lack of women's rights at the time, what "treatments" were used on patients at the time... it was a very interesting read.

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