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Anyway, I'm still keen to learn more about Reich, because his ideas were interesting, and while clearly a lot of what he ended up believing was nonsense, there's apparently something in some of what he did, and there was something weird going on with the FDA smashing his orgone accumulators and him dying in prison and all. The writing is tender and emotional; you can tell Peter may have had a hard time understanding and processing his childhood once he reached adulthood and reflected on what happened. I did psychology A-level before it was all glowing brains and no-one was making much of a pretence to know anything definitive about the mind, and we covered a whole bunch of theories that I'm guessing don't get a lot of class time today. He also built other devices, such as “cloudbusters”, which were supposed to direct orgone into clouds and make it rain. In “A Book of Dreams” Peter Reich tells us what it was like to have a father who stood defiantly against the status quo, who did strange experiments, who shared with him his deepest hopes and fears, and who was taken from him when he was only 12.

News from Nowhere will not obtain personal information from other organisations, and will not share, pass on or sell personal information that we hold about individuals to anyone else. Me parece una historia apasionante, escrita por un hombre real con emociones reales, con una belleza descriptiva que cautiva a cualquiera que lo lea y lo invita a soñar. The writing was at times really amazing, I would give this book a rating of five, except that the part where he becomes an aimless hip twenty something in the 60s kind of detracts.Having been a Kate Bush fan for decades, I was drawn into reading this from knowing she used the book as inspiration for the song lyrics Cloudbusting (bloody love that song!

This occurs very near the beginning of the book and is a feat never quite repeated in the rest of it.Peter drifts in and out of a dream, with his dreams (one past, one present) meeting in the future to propel him through to his next steps in life. In this he was correct, and sometimes it is easier to shoot the messenger than to take his message on board. And in the end, the book gave me the same unfinished and sad feeling as the song: that Peter can never fully get past the yearning for the magical ideals he lived in childhood, or let go of his need for the closeness he had for his father, both of which are irretrievably gone. This is the book that Kate Bush wrote Cloudbusting about (see the video, it was shot by Terry Gilliam).

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