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The White Hotel [Paperback]

D M Thomas
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3 Jun 2004

It is a dream of electrifying eroticism and inexplicable violence, recounted by a young woman to her analyst, Sigmund Freud. It is a horrifying yet restrained narrative of the Holocaust. It is a searing vision of the wounds of our century and an attempt to heal them. Interweaving poetry and case history, fantasy and historical truth-telling, THE WHITE HOTEL is a modern classic of enduring emotional power that attempts nothing less than to reconcile the notion of individual destiny with that of historical fate.

'I quickly came to feel that I had found that book, that mythical book, that would explain us to ourselves' Leslie Epstein, New York Times


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (3 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753809257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753809259
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A novel of searing eroticism and sensuality set against the broad sweep of twentieth-century history, the Booker Prize shortlisted THE WHITE HOTEL is a modern classic.

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'Remarkable and original . . . there is no novel to my knowledge which resembles this in technique or ideas. It stands alone' Graham Greene

'A novel of blazing imaginative and intellectual force' Salman Rushdie

'Astonishing . . . A forthright sensuality mixed with a fine historical feeling for the nightmare moments in modern history, a dreamlike fluidity and quickness' John Updike

It is a dream of electrifying eroticism and inexplicable violence, recounted by a young woman to her analyst, Sigmund Freud. It is a horrifying yet restrained narrative of the Holocaust. It is a searing vision of the wounds of the twentieth century and an attempt to heal them. Interweaving poetry and case history, fantasy and historical truth-telling, The White Hotel is a modern classic of enduring emotional power that attempts nothing less than to reconcile the notion of individual destiny with that of historical fate.

ISBN: 978-0-7538-0925-9

Price: 8.99

Category: Fiction

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yhe Vision of Love Through Salvation 19 Feb 2007
By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
"Thomas takes us beyond Freud, beyond Eros and Thanatos, and thus challenges the very substance of the Freudian text. Within the analyses and, he suggests, buried within her individual neurosis, is the subtext of history--the Final Solution. And beyond the horror is the transcendent vision of salvation through love in the mythical state of Israel. In this bold, intellectually challenging novel, Thomas goes beyond both history and historical fiction: he explores the shadowy realm of perception and perceiver with breathtaking vision and artistry." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review

'The White Hotel' is an extraordinary book. It was given the highest recommendation by my best friend, and it is a read I will never forget. It is taken from the case history of Lisa Erdman, an early patient of Sigmund Freud; the book explores her case of sexual hysteria and finds the way to self destructiveness. The scenes with Lisa and Dr.Freud are fascinating. They take her back into childhood and into her dreams. Lisa's erotic dreams are almost visions. They are premonitions to Lisa of death and destruction. Freud helps Lisa to resume her normal life as an opera singer, and we are brought into the world of opera as Lisa finds it. She remarries and settles in the Ukraine with her husband and step-son, and then the unraveling begins. Their harrowing adventures will leave you on the edge. As life as Lisa knows it begins to crumble, so do we.

"Lisa's story is told three times. Once, as a long letter of erotic ramblings by a psychotic, once in image steeped poetry, and finally, as narrative prose, in the dry tone of a doctor discussing a case, complete with musings and asides.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and emotional 30 Jan 2007
Format:Paperback
In February 1982 I took my first edition hardback copy of The White Hotel to a pub in north London where I saw DM Thomas read from his novel. Afterwards he signed my book. I have never forgotten meeting him. I have read hundreds of novels since my first reading of The White Hotel in 1981, yet none have quite matched the intensity, imagination or sheer daring of this particular story. For anyone who is familiar with Freud's writings, it is sheer poetry to read Thomas's ingenious passages based on the Professor himself. Freud simply comes alive on the pages! It is difficult to write anything new about the holocaust, but The White Hotel has managed to. I believe that a movie is in the making as I write, but I don't think anything will quite match the sparing prose or the moving undercurrents of this book. Be afraid. Be very afraid. But it's worth reading it through to the end so that you can recall the final pages, as I do now, with a sense of sorrow and admiration.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Neglect This Masterwork 30 Nov 2002
Format:Paperback
I could throw around superlatives and they would not have much impact. Too many reviews are written about mediocre books that one would think them, from the reviewers reaction, modern masterpieces. "Flawlessly-rendered scenes of incomparably lyrical, powerful, acute, seamless, ineffable, gorgeous, unassailable, tender, dynamic, lush, titillating, cerebral, divine, a libidinous, self-revelatory paean to the inexpressible in art and life that packs an emotional wallop!," or some such phrase.
Sometimes a person just has to come right out and say "This one grabbed me by the rear," and let it go at that. This is a book that really has to be experienced first-hand. My only word of advice is not to give up on the book too soon. It's absolutely unclear in the first 40 or 50 pages where Thomas is taking you and he doesn't present too promising a train ride at that stage. Settle in for the journey. Look out the window and watch as the landscape starts becoming more recognizable. The landmarks with which you thought you were earlier familiar, start revealing themselves in entirely new patterns. For this is a novel about revelation, more than anything else. Readers just have to trust that "all will be revealed" by novel's end, and it is, magnificently.
Thomas performs a near-miraculous feat in this novel. Reading The White Hotel is akin to looking through a an extremely high-powered telescope and what at first looks likes fuzzy, indiscreet blurs, become unbelievably colorful and complex nebulae and galaxies as the instrument's focus is adjusted. The book begins with a long poem, full of erotic imagery and near-incoherent description, that we are startled to learn is written by a woman.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just read it 18 May 2007
Format:Paperback
The reviews above say it all, and I have nothing significant to add to them. This is a magnificent book, stunning, a masterpiece. When I first read it, I was gripped by the poetry, the eroticism, and the mounting horror. I read the final chapter with tears streaming down my face. Bruce Kendall's advice is correct - don't read it expecting it to make sense from page 1. Just go with it, and by about half-way through it will start to make sense. By then end you will be staying up all night and turning pages frantically to see how Thomas resolves it. Not an easy book in any way - challenging on many levels, but ultimately life-changing. If you only read one book this year, make it this one. I cannot recommed it highly enough.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by a friend
Found in a note I'd made long ago, found it on amazon and was delighted to be in a position to order it
Published 12 months ago by warwick smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising, engrossing
Truly a masterpiece. Has all the ingredients of a modern classic and a lot more besides. It left me spellbound.
Published 12 months ago by JohnsonG
4.0 out of 5 stars Enigmatic
I have always meant to read this but never got round to it. Now that I have I am rather amazed. Not what I expected and I will have to read it again before I begin to really... Read more
Published 17 months ago by PT
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted
D M Thomas description of coping with the horrors of the concentration camp sometimes confuses and often horrifies with it's explicit descriptions of sexual behaviour and gory... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ms. G. Darwent
5.0 out of 5 stars A formidable journey through the pathological psyche of twentieth...
This brilliant and sometimes brutal book combines fragments of narratives to give us a compelling tale that spans twentieth century Europe. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars The White Hotel D M Thomas
This came second on the 1981 Man Booker list so I was
expecting great things. It is indeed a very clever
book but I found the imagined sex rather sickening. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2011 by Mrs. H. N. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars The strangest sense of the unreal sinister world of being a victim
The other reviewers have given a concise and accurate appraisal; I just wanted to add my thoughts on the book. Read more
Published on 21 May 2011 by H. Tee
5.0 out of 5 stars a very fine book
I read little but this instinctively struck me as outstanding. Poised, eloquent and at times deeply beautiful. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2011 by peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Still reading it after 30 years
This book just missed winning the Booker Prize in 1981, losing out, controversially, to Thomas Keneally's Schindler's Ark - controversially because the latter is not written as... Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2010 by schlockhorror
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