5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A gripping read...,
This review is from: To Call Myself Beloved (Paperback)
I was intrigued to know more about the usually closed world of client and therapist dialogue. Like being able to eavesdrop on a marriage, or secret conversation; the privileged access the book promised was alluring. Eina McHugh more than delivers on this promise. Her account explodes the hushed reverence normally reserved for therapy into a vivid, visceral and very human tale that anyone can identify with. The two things that shine out for me - and make this book a great, and gripping, read - are the hugely absorbing and very moving central relationship. Officially between therapist and client, Eina and her therapist's 7 year relationship held my imagination (and heart) like any great love story from the best of literature. However, the terrain they exist on is very different to any conventional love story. That terrain was sometimes a shock but, for me, also beneficial to understand what psycho-therapy can cover and where it can lead.
Also, i come from Northern Ireland. This story forced me - like a lot of people from there i suspect - to step out of a place of denial and an instinctive 'blanket ban' on individualizing the consequences of 'the Troubles' and to see this tiny story of one heart, one mind and one life as an epic for the big things in life. Read it!