There is so little comprehensable material on this key psychologist that this new book is a welcome relief. Klein is a highly influential psychoanalyst and I think students and inquistive readers alike will find Meira Likierman's book readable, accessible and enjoyable.
Whilst the author writes clearly and has the ability to explain and clarify Melanie Klein's ideas I found the book to be a disappointing. Primarily because it was neither one thing or the other. It was neither introductory nor was it an advanced text. A case in point being Klein's concept of the Oedipus complex. This was glossed over with no more than a few pages here and there as the story of Klein's conceptual development trundled on. The full explanation was never given, only looked at in passing with a some 'reflective' observations by the author. Presumably the author assumes the reader already has this knowledge. I have read Hanna Segal's book 'Klein' which takes a similar historical approach to this book. The main difference is that Hanna Segal doesn't skimp on important areas like Klein's extension of Freud's Oedipus complex. She describes it's development and gives a final summary of Klein's mature view of the Oedipus conflict and its resolution. I wouldn't recommend this text but would instead point the interested reader in the direction of Hanna Segal's book, also Robert Caper's 'Immaterial Facts' gives a good overview of Klein's development of Freud's work.