Perlman's Ordeal: A Novel

Perlman s Ordeal A Novel New York Times Notable Book of the YearOne evening in London in Dr August Perlman classical music lover hashish devotee and a scrupulously scientific pioneer of clinical suggestion or hypnotis

  • Title: Perlman's Ordeal: A Novel
  • Author: Brooks Hansen
  • ISBN: 9780312267650
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • New York Times Notable Book of the YearOne evening in London in 1906, Dr August Perlman classical music lover, hashish devotee, and a scrupulously scientific pioneer of clinical suggestion or hypnotism is about to leave for the symphony when a hysterical teenage girl is brought into his office It seems that another girl s personality is living inside her EventuallNew York Times Notable Book of the YearOne evening in London in 1906, Dr August Perlman classical music lover, hashish devotee, and a scrupulously scientific pioneer of clinical suggestion or hypnotism is about to leave for the symphony when a hysterical teenage girl is brought into his office It seems that another girl s personality is living inside her Eventually, in a time just before the age of Freud, a charismatic imposter Madame Barrett, a spiritualist and the pioneering doctor must fight a heated battle over this teenager s soul This novel, as The New York Times Book Review so aptly put it, is extravagantly, even bewilderingly inventive and crammed with the stuff of dreams.

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    1. I wanted to like this book so much. I have been fascinated by Victorian England, spiritualism, and classical music (with an emphasis on the Russians) for much of my adult life, and I figured this book would be right up my alley. However, though I devoured the first hundred pages within a short time, the rest of the novel began to drag. I found it so incredibly vague that I had a hard time following what was going on, and indeed, it made it difficult to even care.I admit part of my problem may be [...]

    2. At times, a fragile spiral of a shell, holding attention, but allowing a scrutable "dissection." I found myself both deeply involved and at a distance from the life of the doctor. Mr. Hansen's word choice is beautiful, and worth the read simply to roll them around the mind. His description of music by the doctor early in the book is as well-written a selection as I have ever come across. Hansen brings the story to an end both mysterious and predictable. His doctor leaves the story a different ma [...]

    3. A very interesting work. Like Toole and The Neon Bible, it is hard to fairly assess a work when it looms in the shadow of the true greatness of another of the author's own works. I struggled between 3 and 4 starsfor this; probably 3.5 for me, but the benefit of the doubt must apply here due to the fact that this same man wrote The Chess Garden.

    4. Why doesn't everyone just read Brooks Hansen all the time. I admit a preference for "The Chess Garden," but this was still astounding and lovely. I mean, do you prefer "Top Hat" or "Shall We Dance?" It also may be the Perfect Abigail Storm: troubled 13-year-old girl, Victorian England, supernatural events, fin de siecle spiritualism, and random & eloquent art criticism.

    5. Kind of a weird story. It is set back in the early 1900's when hypnosis was beginning to be used in treatment. The book was somewhat hard to follow. I'm not sure I liked it. A little girl is brought in for treatment and she appears to be possessed.

    6. I really wanted to like this book more than I did, especially since The Chess Garden was so sublime. Perlman's Ordeal at least held my interest enough for me to finish it, but it didn't stick with me the way The Chess Garden does to this day.

    7. A hypnotist, spiritualist, and a schizophrenic explore music, incest, religious conflict, and the fall of a civilization. Fire and water, sun and moon, trances and rude awakenings abound. In Hanson's hands it mostly works.

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