Skye W. (diffluere) reviewed Sybil: The True and Extraordinary Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Separate Personalities on
Helpful Score: 3
I liked the subject matter and the story of Sybil is very interesting. However, the author's writing style was not to my taste. It gets very clinical at times and slightly repetitive when describing the different personalities.
janetg - , reviewed Sybil: The True and Extraordinary Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Separate Personalities on + 14 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I read this book in high school, as every one of my friends did. Since then, I believe the author and/or "Sybil's" physician have come under some criticism for the account of the patient as written in this book. And, of course, MPD as a diagnosis (it's very existence) is controversial, also.
This book is by far one of the best books I have ever read, even though its way older than I am! :) I could not put it down. I would recommended this book to anyone who is interested in multiple personalities or anyone who just wants to curl up on the couch and read a great book. One word of advice: Make sure you have enough time to finish the book in one READING because you wont put it down! Its that good!
This is the story of Sybil, one of the first known cases of a woman living with multiple personality disorder (She had 16 alters!). It's a powerful story, but hard to read because it is based on a real person. The book broke my heart as I read along with her journies through a really difficult time. It has touched me like no other book ever has.
I don't get all of the good reviews here. The book is poorly written. There are also a lot of questions about it's truth.
If you have to read this book you should also read Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by Debbie Nathan.
Neither is unbiased, but if you read them together you can get a fairly balanced view.