George Orr is a mild and unremarkable man who finds the world a less than pleasant place to live: seven billion people jostle for living space and food. But George dreams dreams which do in fact change reality - and he has no means of controlling this extraordinary power. Psychiatrist Dr William Haber offers to help. At first sceptical of George's ...
George Orr is a mild and unremarkable man who finds the world a less than pleasant place to live: seven billion people jostle for living space and food. But George dreams dreams which do in fact change reality - and he has no means of controlling this extraordinary power. Psychiatrist Dr William Haber offers to help. At first sceptical of George's powers, he comes to astonished belief. When he allows ambition to get the better of ethics, George finds himself caught up in a situation of alarming peril.
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It's hard to know what to say about this book that wasn't already said quite well in the editorial reviews in the next tab over, but I was sucked into this book immediately by its bizarre, nightmarish premise. George Orr is what any of us would become given the weight on his shoulders of responsibility, guilt, and fear of what his mind might dream up. On the other hand, while the reader might be tempted to condemn his psychiatrist for the egotism that leads him to use George as a tool, is it so hard to imagine that a person in his position would push the boundaries of the new power he wields? "The Lathe of Heaven," will make you think about responsibility, about the meaning of dreams, and about power relationships, particularly that between doctor and patient.
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