The White Hotel

The White Hotel

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by D. M. Thomas
     
 

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It is a dream of electrifying eroticism and inexplicable violence, recounted by a young woman to her analyst, Sigmund Freud. It is a horrifying yet restrained narrative of the Holocaust. It is a searing vision of the wounds of the twentieth century, and an attempt to heal them. Interweaving poetry and case history, fantasy and historical truth-telling, The White

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It is a dream of electrifying eroticism and inexplicable violence, recounted by a young woman to her analyst, Sigmund Freud. It is a horrifying yet restrained narrative of the Holocaust. It is a searing vision of the wounds of the twentieth century, and an attempt to heal them. Interweaving poetry and case history, fantasy and historical truth-telling, The White Hotel is a modern classic of enduring emotional power that attempts nothing less than to reconcile the notion of individual destiny with that of historical fate.

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“A novel of blazing imaginative and intellectual force.”—Salman Rushdie 

“To describe this novel as spine-tingling in its indescribable poetic effect would be to trivialize its profoundly tragic theme. Say then that it is heart-stunning.”—The New York Times
 
“Astonishing . . . elegantly experimental yet quite warm . . . A forthright sensuality mixed with a fine historical feeling for the nightmare moments in modern history, a dreamlike fluidity and quickness.”—John Updike, The New Yorker
 
“A dazzler that lingers in the mind.”—People

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140231731
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
613,207
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“A novel of blazing imaginative and intellectual force.”—Salman Rushdie 

“To describe this novel as spine-tingling in its indescribable poetic effect would be to trivialize its profoundly tragic theme. Say then that it is heart-stunning.”—The New York Times
 
“Astonishing . . . elegantly experimental yet quite warm . . . A forthright sensuality mixed with a fine historical feeling for the nightmare moments in modern history, a dreamlike fluidity and quickness.”—John Updike, The New Yorker
 
“A dazzler that lingers in the mind.”—People

Meet the Author

D. M. Thomas is the author of the novel The White Hotel. He has translated works by Akhmatova and Pushkin.

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The White Hotel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A hauntingly original journey into the human mind delineating (quite accurately) Freud's conception of the Death Instinct. I found the book's main character, Lisa, the personification of the contradictions and inconsistencies that plague us all. The poetry she writes at the beginning of the novel is almost unbearably poignant. This book was on the reading list for an Honours course I took on Freud. I recommend it highly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read because of all the positive reviews but was very disappointed. Didn't like the writing style at all and found it disjointed and redundant. Also, thought it was boring and shouln't have been considering the subject matter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book with high expectations because of the comments on this page. I read the book and was a little dissapointed. I feel the story was too jumpy, and in some places there wasn't really enough information given. But I think this book does reflect our lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was indeed haunting, but I also found that I spent most of it thinking 'GET TO THE POINT!' It was a book that left an impression, but it was NOT enjoyed AS I read it-a very important component of what makes a good book. Thomas is an effective writer overall, but mainly because of the events that take place in the story, not the entire product. Overall, I was disappointed. I had high hopes for this book after reading it's description.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing! You'll find something new everytime you read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not for the faint of heart, but a fancinating story that can be read on so many levels. The first 2 chapters are overtly sexual, but stick through them and enjoy the rest of the story that will haunt you for a very long time.