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The Little Book by Selden Edwards
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Jan 03, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: 2012, arrt, historical-fantasy, listened-to-on-audio
Read from June 19 to 28, 2012

** spoiler alert ** I will always think of this book as "giving grandma an orgasm" book. The plotting was ridiculous and Wheeler Burden was a ridiculous Mary Sue of a character--the best baseball player, the most talented rock star of the 1970s, a best selling writer in the 1980s, and intelligent enough to debate theory with Freud. The parts where Wheeler explains Freud's theories to him and argues with him had me rolling my eyes. (Maybe this is something the author wished he himself could do, it came across that way). The woman Wheeler falls in love with, Wheezy Putnam, turns out to be his own grandmother (conveniently she turns out to not be biologically related to him) and Wheeler gets to cure her by using Freudian psychoanalysis (there was lots of boys falling in love with their mothers in this book). I didn't think 1897 Vienna was that well evoked other than there were lots of famous people who turn up and become friends with either Wheeler or Wheezy. Not recommended.

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