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A Book of Dreams

A Book of Dreams

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And the long term psychological impacts that mental illness and delusions can have on those closest to the sufferer. While Freud viewed sexuality as something to be controlled and repressed, Reich viewed sexuality as something to be practiced freely, even coining the phrase "the sexual revolution". The first third of the book has some very interesting bits in it aside from the previously mentioned.

From the late 40s through to the mid-50s Reich was under investigation by the American Food and Drug Administration for providing an unauthorised form of treatment - the accumulators. Reich's writing is a stream-of-consciousness foray into the world of his childhood, rife with personal struggles and momentous events that shaped his identity. In doing so I was surprised to learn that the song was actually based off of a memoir written by a man named Peter Reich about his childhood and experiences with his father, psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich.His sister does not seem to have written anything about their father or his work or how it affected her. In this he was correct, and sometimes it is easier to shoot the messenger than to take his message on board. Fantastic book about one of the most misunderstood persons in history, as well as the victim of one of the worst examples of censorship in the United States. I think I could've just continued to enjoy the magic of the baroque-pop Kate Bush song it inspired without having read the book itself. I still dream of Orgonon, I wake up crying, you're making rain and you're just in reach when you and sleep escape me.

An interesting story when experiencing it for the first time, but on second reading, I'd say the writing here is just very average.I had trouble tracking a copy down, but after hearing that it was the inspiration for Kate Bush’s Cloudbusting (one of my favorite artists) I knew I had to. Images of nature, energy, aliens, war, kindness, compassion, intimacy, struggle, fear, and discovery all seem to fade and sweep back and forth throughout this amazing book, and I came out of it a better person. The writing was at times really amazing, I would give this book a rating of five, except that the part where he becomes an aimless hip twenty something in the 60s kind of detracts. Although the exact science of the Accumulator was disputed (and is now considered pseudoscience), it became a hit among many, who claimed that it gave them a boost in energy as well as sexual vigor.

It's a very touching look at an incredibly interesting and bizarre life which proves that truth can indeed be stranger than fiction. There's many a wretched passage in the book, with Peter struggling with loss and identity in the aftermath of his fathers passing. In some ways this book reminds me of The Glass Castle in that much of it is in the voice and point of view of a young child relating the imaginative way they coped with a father who lived outside of the norm. That doesn't make this a bad book, and I'm glad it inspired one of the most sublime songs (and videos) ever.But this book isn't that, it's understandably too close to what happened and I guess I'm after something straighter and more detached. g. Jesus and Giordano Bruno - and a willingness to surrender one's freedom to the most neurotic - e.



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