Posts tagged 1950s

Literature and War Readalong: Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman

I’m reviewing this book as part of the Literature and War Readalong hosted by Caroline of the excellent book blog Beauty is a Sleeping Cat. The first thing to say about this book is that it is unfinished. The second thing to say about it is that it’s brilliant. Which leads me, of course, to the third thing: How good would this book have been if Grossman had finished it? Let’s start with the good things. Vasily Grossman brilliantly depicts the horror of Stalinist Russia side by side with the… Read More

A Primer of Freudian Psychology by Calvin S. Hall

The main thing I learnt from this lucid summary of Freudian theory is that Sigmund Freud is quite badly misrepresented. Mention Freud and most people think of the Oedipus complex, penis envy and the Freudian slip. The ‘ego’ has entered our language, too, although in a very different sense from that intended by Freud. After reading Calvin Hall’s 1955┬áprimer, I can see that there’s a lot more to Freud than being neurotic, selfish and obsessed with your mother. Freud describes the human personality in terms of three components: the id,… Read More