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Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
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Jun 03, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in June, 2012

As with the other Freud book i read (interpretation of dreams) it was packed with great ideas. Sadly, I didn't really absorb these ideas, rather, i glimpsed them briefly from time to time through a murk of bad writing. Freud isn't a fan of explaining what he means in any great detail. He will express things briefly, often using esoteric academic language, will rarely provide examples that illumine or support his statements and is no stranger to long and confusing analogies that are only really comprehensible to those who have an in depth familiarity with the historical layout of the city of Rome.

Snatches of ideas will remain in the back of my mind and intrigue me whenever they resurface, but the majority of his arguments are simply lost on me.

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