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Momma and the Meaning of Life by Irvin D. Yalom
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Apr 09, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction

Why learn about the human condition by reading about made-up people? In Yalom's accounts of therapy we are told how real-life people actually are; crucially, both the patients and the doctors. That's the titillating kick in these accounts: the frank admission of excitement, boredom and lust in those who are paid to be professional.

The last two stories are mostly fictional (and in fact, supernatural) which was a disconcerting departure. As soon as 'Dr Ernest Lash' comes on the scene, bear in mind you're entering part-fiction-land. I'm not nearly as interested in Yalom's fiction (and frankly the writing is noticeably more hammy).

One of the key points Yalom makes is that people can be surprisingly different; there is no one method of interaction or therapy that always works. If you're at all interesting in humans, you will enjoy this and learn from it.

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