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The Passions of the Mind: A Novel of Sigmund Freud Hardcover – March 1, 1971


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (March 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385025688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385025683
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Maurice Thorne on January 5, 2003
Format: Unknown Binding
I had cared little about Sigmund Freud, and even less about reading a thick book about him, but I was captivated by the title. Stone has great titles and I have read Lust of Life, and found it rather interesting. When I read Passions of the Mind, it took a while. This was years ago, but I have not forgotten how much I enjoyed it. When I finished it, it was with some sadness that I folded it pages together, and laid it down to rest. It was used when I got it. It is beat up and weary, but I loved it, and have a much different feeling, not only about Freud, but also about the students of medicine and the times about which it was written. These were real people, and I like real people. I would put this book much higher on an approval list than The Agony and the Ecstacy, which I never quite finished. Maurice Thorne
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rama K. Rao on March 4, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
To pen a picture of one of the most complex persons in history and yet not lose the reader's interest is an art that Irving Stone has demonstrated time and again. This book is not an exception. Ideally suited for those who do not want to get lost in psychological mumbo jumbo and yet want to see the fascinating mind that caused a convulsion in the world of psychology...that's passions of the mind. A must for any Irving Stone fan, and yet a lot more enjoyable than many other tomes on this subject.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Udyan Khanna on October 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The book has the normal flow for a Stone book with very good research and interesting trivia. Plus, Stone does his best to explain the origin of Fruedian thought and the struggles of Sigmund Frued to get his word heard in very hostile environment. He shows the delicate balance between his student life, to his married life and his struggles to learn a pyschology which was never respected in his life time. Also shows, America becoming a strong society which has just started to influence global thoughts and respect global thought leadership.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately out of print, this book colorfully illustrates the life of the revolutionary Sigmund Freud with terrific detail. This book gives the reader the chance to give Freud a taste of his own medecine, to psychoanalyze him; Stone lets us read the man Sigmund Freud like an open book. A solid biographical portrait.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is "the agony and the ecstasy" of psychiatry - a completely absorbing drama of the life of Sigmund Freud.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zizi Kolshorn (zizi@cybertours.com) on October 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
After reading Jung's Memoirs, Dream, and Reflections, I dismissed Freud. Passions has opened up a whole new understanding and respect for Freudian psychoanalysis. I appreciate the insight and plan on delving deeper. Once again, there's always two sides to every story.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
After having finished a 1200 page copy of Mailer's "Harlot's Ghost", I was in the mood for another "big one" and started "Passions of the mind". At first I liked the description of (life in) 19th century Vienna and the start of the career of young Sigmund Freud. But with each page the enormous amount of details (on streets, towns, persons, cases) started to suffocate the story untill I lost all interest in the passionate mind of Freud. Just because I don't like to quit a book somewhere in the middle (and still have hope that it might get better) I finshed it. Interestingly, in the acknowledgements Stone thanks his editor (his wife) for reducing the original amount of pages to the half and thereby making the book twice as readable. I wish she had given the book that treatment a second time, maybe then it would have been really readable.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. B. Karidis on August 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Irving Stone writes the best biography's that read like a novel.
A great way to learn history & be entertained at the same time.
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