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Blake's Therapy: A Novel Hardcover – June 5, 2001
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm giving the book four stars instead of five because I really think the book should have been longer. Dorfman has paced the book quite fast . . . you zip along from one surprise to another. But I would have liked to have had more. I want to know more about the background of the characters, particularly those who act out Blake's whims. I wanted to know more about the company that was giving Blake the "therapy." These are just two examples.
Dorfman offers us many intriguing mysteries, but then doesn't give us the answers.
Despite these criticisms, it's a very good book. Those claiming that Dorfman doesn't understand CEOs are missing the point. Blake, given his interests and the company he created, resembles the kind of person you might find working at Patagonia, Ben & Jerry's, The Body Shop, or Working Assets -- companies that are dually committed to both a profit and progressive political ideals. Blake is believable in that role.
But even then, in the broader sense, if Dorfman isn't offering us a realistic CEO, one has to wonder how morally ambivalent a real CEO would be before they would care about their employees. If Dorfman is offering us an unrealistic vision -- a CEO who cares "too much" perhaps? -- then it makes for a damming commentary, not on Dorfman's work, but on the world we live in. Because overall, Blake is a good guy. He wants to make a profit like the rest of us, but he doesn't want to destroy the planet in the process and he wants to help people at the same time. He feels guilt when he fails at doing these things. One only has to look at Enron to realize that many CEOs aren't like that.
If you enjoy clear cut plots and well defined characters, Blake's Therapy isn't for you. If however you like to be challenged and enjoy stories with multiple realities, then I recommend Blake's Therapy to you. In terms of tone and general themes, the novel reminds me of the Argentine film Hombre mirando al sudeste (1986). If you haven't seen the film, then I recommend a weekend combo of watching the film and reading this book.