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An entertaining insight into the world of psychotherapy
on 28 October 1999
Irvin Yalom has written some modern 'classics' on the subject of psychoanalysis, and so I was fascinated to see that he had also written a novel on this topic too. How would he be able to create a plot that was true to life without becoming cynical about his own profession, or painting a picture of psychotherapists that was 'too good to be true'. In fact, I found this novel to be a well constructed - if rather ponderous at times - and entertaining read; the characters are neither black nor white morally, and the therapists come over as being just as screwed up as their patients! Which is refreshing! And honest... Some clever twists in the plot, and some very telling comments about psychoanalytic interventions made this a very good read on a recent trip - try it!