Wool-Gathering or How I Ended Analysis is a personal and humorous account of the last month of a psychoanalysis, principally Lacanian in orientation, taking place in a frenetic and strikebound Paris. A diary account, interspersed with a commentary on the analysis, Wool-Gathering is not only a highly entertaining memoir, but also a more meditated account of a process, opening up a world normally kept private in a new and engaging way.
Gunn has done something that few people have ever achieved: he has written an exceptionally perceptive account of the last few months of his analysis in a way that is both gripping and entertaining. His narrative approach, encompassing the hilarious aspects of his daily life in Paris as well as well as the more associative and probing wok of analysis, makes for a page-turner that at the same time explores the psychoanalytic process in provocative ways.
In the small canon of literary fiction concerned with psychoanalysis, Wool-gathering is a milestone because, unlike all previous efforts, it is funny and not earnest. Gunn manages to make the agonizing question of when to end the treatment hilarious without slagging the whole process off.