A Book of Dreams

A Book of Dreams While the main focus of this autobiographical memoir is a tender father son relationship Peter Reich also provides an uncommon glimpse of enigmatic controversial Wilhelm Reich at his acre hillto

  • Title: A Book of Dreams
  • Author: Peter Reich
  • ISBN: 9780525484158
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • While the main focus of this autobiographical memoir is a tender father son relationship, Peter Reich also provides an uncommon glimpse of enigmatic, controversial Wilhelm Reich at his 200 acre hilltop home in Maine as he strokes the skies with his Cloudbusters and suffers the indignation of seeing his Orgone Energy Accumulators destroyed Reich s books The Function ofWhile the main focus of this autobiographical memoir is a tender father son relationship, Peter Reich also provides an uncommon glimpse of enigmatic, controversial Wilhelm Reich at his 200 acre hilltop home in Maine as he strokes the skies with his Cloudbusters and suffers the indignation of seeing his Orgone Energy Accumulators destroyed Reich s books The Function of the Orgasm, The Sexual Revolution, and others were burned by the U.S Government in 1956.Having trained in Vienna with Sigmund Freud, Wilhelm Reich, MD 1897 1957 , arrived in the U.S in 1939, where his books and ideas about human sexuality gained a substantial audience While summering on the pristine lakes of Rangeley, Maine he discovered what he called Cosmic Orgone Energy Accumulated in small telephone both size boxes, this Orgone Energy, he reported, was successful in healing wounds and restoring life energy Yet another device, the Cloudbuster, appeared to control the weatherd flying saucers For the Food and Drug Administration, Reich s work was an easy target, and soon after his accumulators and books were burned, he was sentenced to two years in prison where he died in 1957, at age 60.For a pre adolescent boy protected by his imaginary cavalry those 1950 s were, in retrospect, a grade B sci fi movie with a sad ending The book moves in a series of images, like a movie, between past and present, dream and reality As the images interweave, after layers of defenses, fears, and uncertainties are stripped away, Peter is finally able to see both himself and his father with clear eyes and an open heart i enjoyed reich s dreams very much sic John Lennon My God, your book is beautiful Ken Kesey This autobiographical sketch of a boy s early years, the genius loci of a remarkable setting, Orgonon, is a fascinating document Nature offered a wonderland of sensory stimuli, parents allowed freedom and gave devoted care, and other visiting adults supported his physical playfulness with amused appreciation But as his father s ally, he became enmeshed in a star wars fantasy too far out to be reconciled with reality Love, loyalty, and the loss of father and his guiding purposes demanded resolution But the much loved land and tensely experienced sensory memories have endured and are described with such authentic simplicity If of us could remember childhood with such clarity of recall, adulthood could be both enriched and clarified Joan and Erik Erikson

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    • I had forgotten all about this strange little book. I picked it up at a market in Sydney, having never heard of it. As I read, I thought "I've heard this story somewhere before", and then, the next time I heard "Cloudbursting" by Kate Bush (one of my favourite songs by one of my favourite singers), it all fell into place. The seemingly nonsensical lyrics pretty much tell this boy's story word for word. His Dad was a demented scientist who developed a luminous but toxic paint, all taces of which [...]


    • In a tapestry of dream-like memories Peter Reich relates his experience of something which, when he wrote this book in 1973, he was still struggling to comprehend.Peter Reich is the son of Wilhelm Reich, one of the most brilliant and controversial thinkers of the twentieth century. He began as a student of Sigmund Freud, but, whereas Freud believed that sexual repression was necessary to provide the structure and driving force for civilisation, Reich believed that it was at the very heart, not o [...]


    • This book is truly a work of magic. I was not entirely sure what to expect when I picked this up and paid the most money I have ever paid for any used book - but I did know that there was something special about it because of the sheer amount of other works of art that used this text as an inspiration. The book is short, slim, and important, written by a man whose careers spanned journalism and child daycare according to the jacket. I am not sure what other creative writing Mr.Reich did prior to [...]


    • I did psychology A-level before it was all glowing brains and no-one was making much of a pretence to know anything definitive about the mind, and we covered a whole bunch of theories that I'm guessing don't get a lot of class time today. Including Reich, who I remember pretty well because his whole thing was inventing a special magic box you could wank off and if you remember just one thing from your A-levels, it's going to be the magic wanking scientist (I got an 'E').Anyway, I'm still keen to [...]


    • Great book. Out-of-print for quite some time but available as an e-book. Peter Reich recalls his childhood, living with his father, Wilhelm Reich, a controversial psychologist and scientist. He was also a student and contemporary of Freud.I was fortunate enough to find this at a used book store for $1.50 :D


    • A Book of Dreams has strong ties to Kate Bush, and her song Cloudbusting. This song has been a part of my life since, well the beginning. The first few notes of the song warms me, and feels like home. Inspiration for that wonderful song comes from Peter Reich's book. Peter recalls through a child's innocence, the experience of living with his father through his last few years, and the experience of losing his father to bureaucracy and ill health suddenly. There's many a wretched passage in the b [...]


    • I remember by in the late 1980's, when Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting" (from her album 'Hounds of Love'). The song was inspired by this book, and a video also followed, in which Donald Sutherland played the late Wilhelm Reich and Bush was the 10-year-old Peter Reich. I was enamored with both Kate's music, as well as the artist herself, so I was taken in by it. I also made it a point to read the book, which at that time was difficult, as it had gone out-of-print.So, jump to the presentI found the book [...]


    • Peter Reich's narration of his childhood with his father, battling spaceships, and seeing his father carted off to prison for practicing Orgone therapy. The writing was at times really amazing, I would give this book a rating of five, except that the part where he becomes an aimless hip twenty something in the 60s kind of detracts. This is the book that Kate Bush wrote Cloudbusting about (see the video, it was shot by Terry Gilliam).


    • Fantastic book about one of the most misunderstood persons in history, as well as the victim of one of the worst examples of censorship in the United States. The relationship Wilhelm Reich shared with his son is both touching and eye-opening.


    • One of the most beautiful memoirs ever. I wish the author had more info about himself and what he is up to now but the book is out of print and he has disappeared into anonymity. His sister does not seem to have written anything about their father or his work or how it affected her.


    • J & I just visited the Wilheim Reich museum in Rangeley, Maine. He was a trippy, kooky genius, way ahead of his time, whose life was destroyed by the government. Afterwards, I realized that the Kate Bush song "CloudBusting" was about Reich & his son, Peter. This is the book the song is based on.



    • Peter Reich was thirteen in 1957, when his father, Wilhelm, died in prison. This book is more about the son than the father, more about sons and fathers in general.


    • Learned about this books existence via the Kate Bush song like apparently almost everyone. I think I was able to find it as a free ebook. Basically, it's what childhood is like if your father was a mad scientist. The reason I think people should read it is because it is actually a true story. And the father was involved in some actually, really rather questionable stuff and it's from the point of view of the son mainly as a child. Good sort of sad poetic short read type of thing.


    • Found this book through Kate Bush fangirling - I know very little of Wilhelm Reich. Often reads like a dream journal but Peter's anguish comes through. On additional listens, “Cloudbusting” really captures his strange childhood and the love for his father - pairs well with the Book.




    • This is an odd, haunting little book.Written by the son of controversial scientist/psychologist/mystic Wilhelm Reich, it chronicles the author's attempts to honor and come to terms with his father's legacy. It's written in a unique, dream-like style, with flash-forwards, flashbacks, and dreams all mingling with his memories to form an impression of a brilliant, flawed man, whose ideas were far ahead of their time.I picked the book up primarily because it was the basis for one of my favorite Kate [...]


    • An interesting book about a lot of interesting subjects and topics. I've read a little about Orgone Energy in the past and after reading this book I want to look further into it. I definitely recommend reading this book, it's a short read, I got through it in a few reading sessions but it certainly gives you a lot to think about. For William Burroughs fans you've probably already heard about the Orgone Accumulators, it was where I first heard about them myself but I never knew about "A Book of D [...]


    • Eh. I think I could've just continued to enjoy the magic of the baroque-pop Kate Bush song it inspired without having read the book itself. There are moments of genuine poetry in A Book of Dreams, owing to the substantial portion written from the perspective of a precocious kid. And the memoir also serves as a reminder that eccentric people with fringe/quack/pseudoscientific views can still be loving, devoted parents. That said, I found the story largely unremarkable, which is surprising given j [...]


    • I loved this book. It is a real story written from the perspective of remembered childhood memories of real events. However it is difficult to know what is real and what is the authors childhood fantasy. In some ways it is perhaps a psychologically therapeutic read (depending upon your own childhood experience) I understand why Kate Bush found it so inspiring. I am really glad i sought out this book and read it.


    • so on the train this random man says to me "oh have you gone to reich's home in forest hills?" and i said "uhh no" and ran away because male reich enthusiasts are fucking creepy. for all my interest in abnormal psychiatry [and abnormal psychiatrists] i'd be lying if i said i read this for any other reason than the kate bush song. i am lame that way.


    • all about growing up reich. it whetted my appetite for more details about wilhelm itself. hmm, i guess i don't have much to say about this.



    • This book is amazing. It has the eerie style of John Kennedy tool; there is something about the perspective of an adolescent youth that makes this story very profound.



    • Thank you Kate for introducing me to Peter. And thank you Peter for being way more than I ever expected. Beautiful, personal, memorable Beautiful


    • Have had my interest sparked in this memoir and shall check it outybe after I must return Dorothy Parker to the library, though!!


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