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A Book of Dreams

A Book of Dreams

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That doesn't make this a bad book, and I'm glad it inspired one of the most sublime songs (and videos) ever.

The last third of the book though was a slower read, at least for me, it also seemed to relate to The Book of the SubGenius in my imagination for some reason or another. Peter Reich is the only son of Wilhelm Reich, a famously strange pseudo-science philosopher active in the mid-20th century. It's a very touching look at an incredibly interesting and bizarre life which proves that truth can indeed be stranger than fiction. Whilst the story is unusual and quite unique, the writing on a second go-around feels a little detached and removed. Remembering who you are and where you came from is crucial, especially during that transition to adulthood.g. Jesus and Giordano Bruno - and a willingness to surrender one's freedom to the most neurotic - e.

I felt compelled to read this when I became obsessed with the song “Cloudbusting” by the Staves, a cover of a song Kate Bush wrote about this book. There is something intimate about being allowed to witness this very private reflection, and for this reason the book is as emotionally compelling as it is absolutely strange.If you are looking for a book about Wilhem Reich or his work by someone who knew him best, this isn't it.

The story is a strange and winding tale of a boy who idolizes a man believing in UFO's, changing the weather, controlling life energy in the body and releasing tension in body therapy.

I’d describe my grammar as average at best, but this was written in a really clunky way, with the narrator even inexplicably switching from first to third person at points? g. Jesus and Giordano Bruno – and a willingness to surrender one’s freedom to the most neurotic – e. Peter drifts in and out of a dream, with his dreams (one past, one present) meeting in the future to propel him through to his next steps in life. And in the end, the book gave me the same unfinished and sad feeling as the song: that Peter can never fully get past the yearning for the magical ideals he lived in childhood, or let go of his need for the closeness he had for his father, both of which are irretrievably gone. The second third of the book seemed to zoom by and had I the spare time I would have probably read much farther if not finished the book.

There are moments of genuine poetry in A Book of Dreams, owing to the substantial portion written from the perspective of a precocious kid. I wish the author had more info about himself and what he is up to now but the book is out of print and he has disappeared into anonymity. He got into ever more serious trouble with the government, and holed himself up in a lab with a gatehouse, where his son could keep watch and raise the alarm in the event of a raid by the police.

Curious because of the fabled link with Kate Bush's Cloudbusting but the overlap is finished and done with early in this slim volume; the book focusses on Reich's confused relationship with his father, a brilliant scientist and psychiatrist who tipped over into mania and the worst sort of conspiracy-obsessed quackery before dying while serving a prison sentence. In this he was correct, and sometimes it is easier to shoot the messenger than to take his message on board. The book is short, slim, and important, written by a man whose careers spanned journalism and child daycare according to the jacket. The book is split into halves with the first welded together by the framing episode of a motorcycle accident in France and the anesthetic gas that precipitates the dream state where all its ideas swirl together.



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