Publication Date: 04/04/2013 ISBN: 9780141975443 Category:

Love’s Executioner

Irvin D. Yalom

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 04/04/2013 ISBN: 9780141975443 Category:
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Love’s Executioner offers us the humane and extraordinary insight of renowned psychiatrist Irvin D. Yalom into the lives of ten of his patients – and through them into the minds of us all

Why was Saul tormented by three unopened letters from Stockholm? What made Thelma spend her whole life raking over a long-past love affair? How did Carlos’s macho fantasies help him deal with terminal cancer?

In this engrossing book, Irvin Yalom gives detailed and deeply affecting accounts of his work with these and seven other patients. Deep down, all of them were suffering from the basic human anxieties – isolation, fear of death or freedom, a sense of the meaninglessness of life – that none of us can escape completely. And yet, as the case histories make touchingly clear, it is only by facing such anxieties head on that we can hope to come to terms with them and develop. Throughout, Dr Jalom remains refreshingly frank about his own errors and prejudices; his book provides a rare glimpse into the consulting room of a master therapist.

‘Dr Yalom demonstrates once again that in the right hands, the stuff of therapy has the interest of the richest and most inventive fiction’ Eva Hoffman, New York Times

‘These remarkably moving and instructive tales of the psychiatric encounter bring the reader into novel territories of the mind – and the landscape is truly unforgettable’ Maggie Scarf

‘Love’s Executioner is one of those rare books that suggests both the mystery and the poetry of the psychotherapeutic process. The best therapists are at least partly poets. With this riveting and beautifully written book, Irvin Yalom has joined their ranks’ Erica Jong

‘Dr Yalom offers a valuable insight into the delicate process of therapy’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Dr Yalom is unusually honest, both with his patients and about himself’ Anthony Storr

‘Yalom is a gifted storyteller, and from the sound of these tales, a no-less-gifted psychotherapist’ Los Angeles Times

Publisher Review

I loved Love's Executioner. Dr Yalom has learned something that fiction writers learned years ago - that people's mistakes are a lot more interesting than their triumphs -- Joanne Greenberg This is an impressive transformation of clinical experience into literature. Dr Yalom's case histories are more gripping than 98 percent of the fiction published today, and he has gone to amazing lengths of honesty to depict himself as a realistic flesh-and-blood character: funny, flawed, perverse, and, above all, understanding -- Phillip Lopate Yalom is a gifted storyteller, and from the sound of these tales, a no-less-gifted psychotherapist * Los Angeles Times * Dr Yalom is unusually honest, both with his patients and about himself -- Anthony Storr These stories are wonderful. They make us realize that within every human being lie the pain and the beauty that make life worthwhile -- Bernie S. Siegel Irvin Yalom writes like an angel about the devils that besiege us -- Rollo May Dr Yalom offers a valuable insight into the delicate process of therapy * Sunday Telegraph * Inspired ... He writes with the narrative wit of O. Henry and the earthy humor of Isaac Bashevis Singer * San Francisco Chronicle * Love's Executioner is one of those rare books that suggests both the mystery and the poetry of the psychotherapeutic process. The best therapists are at least partly poets. With this riveting and beautifully written book, Irvin Yalom has joined their ranks -- Erica Jong These remarkably moving and instructive tales of the psychiatric encounter bring the reader into novel territories of the mind - and the landscape is truly unforgettable -- Maggie Scarf Dr Yalom demonstrates once again that in the right hands, the stuff of therapy has the interest of the richest and most inventive fiction -- Eva Hoffman * New York Times *

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