Every chapter in this book is different and fascinating. Each story is a delightful gem. It's good to discover some excellent writing on psychoanalysis and to be given some insight into the lives and behaviours of the patients in question. All of life is here. I also really liked the narration; the slow and steady pace lends the stories the gravity they deserve.
I couldn't get past the first 2 chapters of this book. It is so repetitive it drove me mad. It seems there is one idea in the book and this is endlessly repeated in different ways ad nauseum. The idea is not even original. Very disappointing as I loved "the four agreements" by the same author. It is basically terribly dull.
"a fascinating life"
I loved this book. Clarissa Dickson Wright is a great narrator for her own book. It's abridged and thus fairly short at just under 3 hours, but its wonderfully condensed and takes you through her life story up to the present. A fascinating, honest portrayal of a life that has been really interesting and downright awful at times. It's a great story that I rattled through in one sitting. Recommended.
"dull as ditchwater"
This potentially interesting book is rendered lifeless by both the writing and the narration. It is badly written, the style is flat, atonal and humourless. The author states that she is 30 years old when she takes the mortuary job, but the narrator sounds much older and this does not work at all. This book is also patronising in its tone. I know it's a book about working in a mortuary, but this book seriously needs some life injecting into it. Definitely not recommended.
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