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The Problem of the Puer Aeternus (Studies in Jungian psychology by Jungian analysts)
The Problem of the Puer Aeternus (Studies in Jungian psychology by Jungian analysts)
by Marie-Louise Von Franz
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book as a key..., 10 Sep 2007
If you happen to be a puer aeternus you might find this book an appalling revelation: all those ways you thought you were special and unique are merely pathological expressions of your mother-bound sickness. I came to this book after looking at psychoanalytical understandings of Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Von Franz is kinder and more sympathetic to the narcissists than most writers, she offers the possibility of a cure, which they don't generally. Though most of her case studies have bad endings. It's a pity she doesn't include more about the female narcissists and the difference their father-complex (or perhaps their negative mother-complex?) manifests.

I loved the book; it provided me with a key, but I wonder whether you need a grounding in Jungian thinking before you can get the most out of it...
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The Weeping Woman on the Streets of Prague (Dedalus Europe 1992-95)
The Weeping Woman on the Streets of Prague (Dedalus Europe 1992-95)
by Sylvie Germain
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An opalescent dream, 1 Sep 2006
I recently came across this book by accident. It is beautiful. The author is French but lives in Prague. The book is as much poetry as it is prose, surreal, magical realist (?). It reminded me of Angela Carter but less narrative driven. It reminded me also of Iain Sinclair's poem Lud Heat in that it is definitely of a place. Because of the Prague setting, and the fact that both are published by Dedalus, there are inevitable assocations with Gustav Meyrink's The Golem. The blend of fantasy and reality is wonderfully done, her language is a fluid delight. It should be better known.


Real Cities: Modernity, Space and the Phantasmagorias of City Life
Real Cities: Modernity, Space and the Phantasmagorias of City Life
by Steve Pile
Edition: Paperback
Price: 28.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Serious look at the dream life of Cities, 4 Jan 2006
I loved this book. Steve Pile refuses to accept that cities are what they seem to be: rational constructs of bricks and mortar. Instead he explores how cities are suffused with ghosts, vampires, magic and dreams. He discusses this in relation to Freud and Walter Benjamin as well as other anthropological writers, poets and urban shamans! The cities he concentrates on are London, New Orleans, Singapore and Paris, through Benjamin. Fantastic.


A Universe Of Consciousness How Matter B
A Universe Of Consciousness How Matter B
by Edelman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.94

8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This could be the new paradigm, 21 May 2005
Having been pretty much a devotee of "airy-fairy" philosophical explanations of memory, learning, consciousness and psychopathology, I picked up this book with some hesitation. However, it seems that Edelman and Tonio are really onto something. Something so profound that it may be that all future mental health and education theories use it as the new paradigm that unites or dismisses previous explanations.
However, it does open the way for more airy fairy philosophical debates about, if forward movement is merely a concept made of linked neuronal maps, what the external world is really like. Or if it is at all. Anyway, great thought provoking and very satisfying book.


John Campbell's Physiology Notes for Nurses
John Campbell's Physiology Notes for Nurses
by John Campbell
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A User Friendly Comprehensive Clear Must Buy!, 3 Nov 2004
I just got this book after putting off buying it for six months. It makes all those physiology and anatomy lectures make sense. Written in a clear concise and easy to understand style, I have been very impressed with John Campbell's book


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