Ballad of the Black and Blue Mind

Ballad of the Black and Blue Mind In the rarefied world of New York City psychoanalysts and their patients Dr Estelle Berman belongs to a dying breed A distinguished analyst who lives and practices on the Upper West Side she inspire

  • Title: Ballad of the Black and Blue Mind
  • Author: Anne Roiphe
  • ISBN: 9781609806088
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the rarefied world of New York City psychoanalysts and their patients, Dr Estelle Berman belongs to a dying breed A distinguished analyst who lives and practices on the Upper West Side, she inspires devotion among her patients But she has started falling asleep during meetings and forgetting her patients names Her colleagues Dr H and Dr Z observe her mental decIn the rarefied world of New York City psychoanalysts and their patients, Dr Estelle Berman belongs to a dying breed A distinguished analyst who lives and practices on the Upper West Side, she inspires devotion among her patients But she has started falling asleep during meetings and forgetting her patients names Her colleagues Dr H and Dr Z observe her mental decline with the objectivity of a Greek chorus, but when it comes to the disappointments in their own lives they are far less detached And then there are the patients themselves Justine, a movie star with a penchant for stealing things Edith, who writes poems in secret and eats to subdue feelings of panic Anna, a self harming college student whose depression baffles her parents and Mike Wilson, a widower whose disgraced son has fled the country Ballad of the Black and Blue Mind is a novel of psychological realities, teeming humanity, and glorious contradictions.

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    1. Anna Roiphe is a writer of fiction and essays. This is the first thing I've read by her, and I have to say I'm impressed. Ballad of the Black and Blue Mind focuses on a group of Freudian analysts in contemporary New York City. The book follows several analysts and the people involved with them, both patients and family. The story and the characters drew me in immediately. The quality of the writing is quite high. The book addresses themes like parenting, aging, our celebrity culture, and the pac [...]

    2. I read Roiphe's 1970 novel "Up the Sandbox" not long after it came out. For whatever reason, the rest of her literary career passed me by. I'm so grateful to have rediscovered her through this small gem of a book. To say that the book weaves together the stories of a New York psychiatrist, her colleagues, and various patients does it something of a disservice. Yes, it reveals many stories: that of the psychiatrist (still practicing when we first meet her, then in decline), of Dr. H. and Dr. Z an [...]

    3. This is probably a two star for me, but I couldn't help feeling like I would want to recommend this book to all the therapists in my family, just so we could discuss it. Maybe I just mean my dad, because he would humor me, but it would make good conversation with all of them. This book is plotless, and although it's short, it's hard to finish unless you are trapped at the Apple Store for 3 hours. On the other hand, it's perfect in parts, and interesting.

    4. The writing, especially character development, is rich and evocative. The problem is there are too many characters and, in most cases, they are left hanging, along with their corresponding sub-plots. I found it difficult to remember (or care about) the myriad of personalities. But maybe that's appropriate in a book about memory loss! This book would be better as either a short story with only a few main characters preserved or as a longer book with more development and connections among the sub- [...]

    5. I received a complimentary copy of this book through . Although this novel is very short in length, the characters (New York City psychotherapists and their patients) were vividly portrayed. This would make a wonderful book club selection.

    6. I received this ARC through Firstreads. The novel was packed with interesting characters, although I found it difficult to follow at times, trying to figure out what was happening and who we were talking about.

    7. There is a lot of humor in this book but a lot of it is not very funny because it is imbued with anxiety. How brave people are who forge forward with their lives.

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