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The History of Last Night's Dream: Discovering the Hidden Path to the Soul (Plus) Paperback – August 19, 2008
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Kamenetz's newest work continues his exploration of the Jewish tradition down yet another path: that of dreams. Like Jacob, who wrestles with God in the famous biblical dream, a leitmotif in the book, the author of the bestselling The Jew in the Lotus wrestles with personal, religious and cultural history in an ambitious quest to revivify the language of dreams. Kamenetz offers a psychological-cum-mystical version of Susan Sontag's watershed Against Interpretation. Don't interpret dreams, he cautions, as he lays out another way to meet and greet the nightly messages of human brains. Kamenetz offers a post-Jungian, semiarchetypal, image-centered view of dream meaning. He does so in the context of a historical overview of dream interpretation that also locates dreams in the realm of Jewish mysticism. Narratives of encounters with spiritual teachers are also part of this amalgam of a book that seems to have changed shape over time and through personal discovery. This is a disarming, hard-to-summarize, well-written and idiosyncratic book that will find a distinct audience that appreciates its reflective quirkiness. Readers who have enjoyed Kamenetz's other journeys through Judaism will follow with surprise and pleasure his next steps along a winding spiritual path. (Oct.)
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“Kamenetz has written a manual for living the dream of life through the real dreams of an individual.” (Andrei Codrescu, NPR Commentator)
“A profound, affecting and deeply rewarding book from a charismatic teacher.” (Jonathan Kirsch, author of A History of the End of the World)
“Kamenetz’s new book brilliantly combines dream and soul and offers an accessible understanding of both. I highly recommend it.” (Brian L. Weiss, M.D., author of Many Lives, Many Masters)
“An enchanting and provocative book exploring a subject with profound implications about our very humanity.” (Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize Winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain)
“[A] powerful and beautifully written book.” (Stephen J. Dubner, bestelling co-author of Freakanomics)
“Kamenetz’s fierce honesty and unflinching self-revelation inspire both admiration and awe [...] [A] smart, funny, and revolutionary book...” (Susan Larson, New Orleans Times-Picayune)
“Rodger Kamenetz writes in this fascinating book that words, too many words, stand between us and our dreams.” (Los Angeles Times)
“The History of Last Night’s Dream is at once affable and audacious; Kamenetz is a reliable narrator in unreliable territory.... Kamenetz’s poetic eye is alive and well.” (The Forward)
“Rodger Kamenetz’s vividly honest and well-reswearched book on dreams in Western culture is extraordinary-- in part for its defiance of genre...Before I read it had heard Kamenetz refer to it as a memoir, but it as much an argument for a paradigm shift in dream interpretation.” (The Christian Century)
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Top Customer Reviews
The fact that neither Bregman nor Kamenetz is a trained or licensed therapist does not automatically disqualify them from competence. Before modern societies started formally licensing practitioners and requiring specific educational programs, indigenous societies identified individuals within their midst who exhibited special abilities, such as shamen and other healers. Requiring formal licensing may go to legal liability or social status, but not necessarily competence. Lastly, if Freudian and/or Jungian dream interpretation were so darn successful, why would Kamenetz or any of us need to read another book on dreams? It's their failure to adequately explain dreams that makes Kamenetz's personal dream quest valuable to all of us.
I have not studied with Bregman or Kamenetz, am not a member of any group affiliated with them, and don't live in Vermont. I have studied my own dreams since childhood (I'm now 67) and find much of what Kamenetz says to ring with clarity and wisdom.