Thursday, June 12, 2014

"I found it to be a very compelling read." ~Jackie
This is a novelisation of the early days of Sigmund Freud and his "talk therapy" and the 17 year old girl he tried to help.  She was the subject from which inspired Freud's Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria.  Kohler imagines the girl as a very reluctant, but very smart, patient.  She paints Freud as rather egotistical and yearning for fame, respect and money.  These two begin a to have weekly sessions, but they were going nowhere when the girl, never named in the book, decided to mess with the doctor.  She had got hold of her father's volume of Freud's dream dictionary and came up with some pretty clever dreams she could tell the doctor.  There is a thread of the sensual throughout the book as well, which should be expected an any story that involves Freud.  I found it to be a very compelling read.


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