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Come back Sebastian, we miss you.,
This review is from: Human Traces (Hardcover)
One wonders how the author managed to sneak so much irrelevant material past his editor. Presumably Mr Faulks is now such a revered writer that the usual requirements of believable characterisation and an engrossing plot are dispensed with when he submits a manuscript.
This book is little more than a extended - and how!- polemic against psychoanalysis combined with some curious notions on evolutionary psychiatry chucked in as an alternative explanation of psychosis.
What a strange book. It's as if Faulks suddenly remembers he's writing a novel and quickly throws in a bit of plot between all the lecturing.
It would not be so irritating if his thesis was an original one but Freud-bashing is hardly new.
I have admired his work in the past and there are glimpses of his true talent here. The description of Daniel's funeral for example I read with tears in my eyes.
Come back Sebastian, we miss you.