My Father's Guruby Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
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As a child growing up in the Hollywood Hills during the 1950s, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson thought it was perfectly normal that a guru named Paul Brunton lived with his family and dictated everything about their daily rituals, from their diet to their travel plans to his parents’ sex life. But in this extraordinary memoir, Masson reflects on just how bizarre everything about his childhood was–especially the relationship between his father and the elusive, eminent mystic he revered (and supported) for years.
Writing with candor and charm, Masson describes how his father became convinced that Paul Brunton–P.B. to his familiars–was a living God who would fill his life with enlightenment and wonder. As the Masson family’s personal guru, Brunton freely discussed his life on other planets, laid down strict rules on fasting and meditation, and warned them all of the imminence of World War III. For years, young Jeffrey was as ardent a disciple as his father–but with the onset of adolescence, he staged a dramatic revolt against this domestic deity and everything he stood for.
Filled with absurdist humor and intimate confessions, My Father’s Guru is the spellbinding coming-of-age story of one of our most brilliant writers.
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Meet the Author
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love. Raised to be a spiritual leader his search for life's truths has seen him teach Sanskrit at the University of Toronto and a Freudian analyst. His denouncement of Freud, The Assault on Truth, remains controversial to this day.
After leaving academia Masson moved to New Zealand where he lives with his family.
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Date of Birth:
- March 28, 1941
- Place of Birth:
- Chicago, Illinois
- B.A., Harvard, 1964; Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis, 1978, Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard, 1970
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