Dr. Perlman--scrupulously scientific hypnotist--is about to leave for the symphony when a hysterical teen girl is brought into his office. Soon, in the time before Freud, a charismatic impostor and the pioneering doctor will fight a heated battle over the teen's soul.Dr. Perlman--scrupulously scientific hypnotist--is about to leave for the symphony when a hysterical teen girl is brought into his office. Soon, in the time before Freud, a charismatic impostor and the pioneering doctor will fight a heated battle over the teen's soul.Read Less
AS NEW in WRAPS. 8vo (6 x 9-1/4), 329 pp. Hardcover book is FINE--Unread, Unmarked (except for the author's signature on the title page) and AS NEW in AS NEW pictorial dj. Gift quality condition. (h) Hansen's brilliant and fascinating previous novel--The Chess Garden--is a tough, perhaps an impossible act to follow. But in reading Perlman's Ordeal, about halfway through I remarked that "this is a book for the people who didn't understand how to appreciat e the fantasy of The Chess Garden." By the time I finished it, I realized not only was that true, but this story of a turn-of-the-century psychoanalyst using hypnosis as a tool, also was designed to teach that overly practical person HOW to enjoy a true fantasy. The love of myth and music pervade the book, and it is a delight, even if it does not have all the pyrotechnical and complex magic of previous book. Its purpose is different. While The Chess Garden's geographical range goes from Ohio to the Antipodes, this takes place, almost completely, in a small office in London where Dr. Perlman is discovering there's an enormous universe going on that he'd never seen.
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