A Most Dangerous Method

The Story of Jung, Freud, & Sabina Spielrein
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (22.73 hours)
Product Number: Z100019416
Released: Nov 01, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780792780830
Narrator/s: Peter Berkrot
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Description

In 1907 Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung began what promised to be both a momentous collaboration and the deepest friendship of each man's life. Six years later they were bitter antagonists, locked in a savage struggle that was as much personal and emotional as it was theoretical and professional. In between them stood a young woman named Sabina Spielrein, who had been both patient and lover to Jung and colleague and confidante to Freud before going on to become an innovative psychoanalyst herself. Drawing on years of research (and a cache of recently discovered documents), this mesmerizing book reconstructs the fatal triangle of Freud, Jung, and Spielrein. It encompasses clinical method and politics, hysteria and anti-Semitism, sexual duplicity and intellectual brilliance wielded as blackmail. Learned, humane, and impossible to put down, A Most Dangerous Method is intellectual history with the narrative power and emotional impact of great tragedy.

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Author(s): John Kerr
Original Publish Date: Nov 01, 2011

Professional reviews

"Kerr's examination of an early period in psychoanalysis focuses on Freud, Jung, and Sabine Spielrein, a patient of Jung's, later an analyst, who played a role in the Freud/Jung schism. Peter Berkrot's energy and expressiveness are excellent, but he narrates the often complex material a shade too fast and, oddly, with too much intensity--it's history, not breaking news or a harangue. The voice he gives Freud, harsh and clipped, is unpleasant while he makes the bull-like and ebullient Jung sound wispy and fragile. His pronunciation of the frequent German is poor, and his pronunciation of "Jung" changes from sentence to sentence. He also mangles some English words, such as "indefatigable." This performance is distracting; this significant book deserves more care. W.M. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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