- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (7 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241143896
- ISBN-13: 978-0241143896
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A refreshing, invigorating experience...Adam Phillips is one of the richest and most rewarding essayists of our time." --"Los Angeles Times""Highly pragmatic...Phillips's authority as a writer comes in no small part from his own experience as a highly regarded therapist....Like a priest, he is concerned with damnation and salvation, under the secular names of sickness and cure." --Adam Kirsch, "The Boston Globe""Transformative...Phillips can tease out contradictions with extraordinary delicacy....He shows that pleasure and desire are not simple; they can be feared...and used to hide things we should really see." --"The Guardian (London)""Gently provocative reading on themes of need and desire...Phillips's ideas are fresh and inventive, casting new light on counterintuitive topics from the psychological importance of punishment to the questionable pursuit of happiness." --"Financial Times""A set of beguiling essays...the author provides polished ponderables for all readers." --"Kirkus Reviews "
About the Author
Adam Phillips was born in Cardiff in 1954. He is the author of numerous works of psychotherapy and literary criticism, including Winnicott, On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored, Going Sane, Side Effects, On Kindness, co-written with Barbara Taylor, On Balance, Missing Out, One Way and Another and Becoming Freud.
Phillips is a practising psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English department at the University of York. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books, the Observer and the New York Times, and he is General Editor of the Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations. His new book, Unforbidden Pleasures, comes out in November 2015 and is published by Hamish Hamilton.
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Like a Clapton guitar solo or a Neil Peart drum routine, why use 5 notes when 150 will do?
It was also drawn to my attention that the author is more thought of and admired by the high-brow literari than his psychoanalytic professional peers.
But who am I to judge?
I recognise that I am just not clever enough to take in the author's work in this instance and perhaps therefore I feel bereft and excluded from topics that a far better writer would be able to articulate more effectively with grace, wit, warmth and layman-friendly clarity.
* Before I get shot in response - see what I did there, intentionally, with irony.
I also threw the book across the room but don't be fooled: I threw it out of frustration of the way it was written not because of the ideas in it.
If you want to read this book bring lots of patience. Else you're better of finding another author on the subject.
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As usual Adam Phillips delivers a fascinating, interesting meal of a book to be devoured with relish.Published 15 months ago by Karen Lee
I got about two-thirds of the way through this book before pitching it across the room. I am a pretty dogged reader and will plough through the dullest texts to suck out meaning. Read morePublished on 23 May 2013 by mlud