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Book Reviews:
Blake's Therapy by Ariel Dorfman
Bleach 8 by Tite Kubo
The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Death's Acre by Bill Bass and John Jefferson
Click, Clack, Splish, Splash by Doreen Cronin
The Eight Nights of Hanukkah by Judy Nayer
Opposites by Eric Carle
Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
A Little Twist of Texas by Linda Raven Moore
Mad About Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
Olivia... And the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer
Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer
On the First Night of Chanukah by Cecily Kaiser
Pat of Silver Bush by L. M. Montgomery
Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire by Rafe Esquith
Tom Sawyer, Detective by Mark Twain
Tommy's Tale by Alan Cumming
Velocity by Dean Koontz
Women of the Ukiyo-e by Ming-Ju Sun

FSF Reviews:
Balancing Accounts James L. Cambias
Bread and Circus by Steven Popkes
It's a Wonderful Life by Michaela Roessen
Mars: A Traveler's Guide by Ruth Nestvold
Memoirs of the Witch Queen by Ron Goulart
Mystery Hill by Wendy Walker
Petri Parousia by Matthew Hughes
Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel
The Quest for Creeping Charlie by James Powell
Retrospect by Ann Miller

Miscellaneous:
641 Reviews
Boys and Girls
Caligula
Sand Therapy

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Blake's Therapy

Blake's TherapyBlake's Therapy: 01/18/08

Blake's Therapy is another book I've completed for the Jewish Literature Challenge. It was also the very last book I read in 2007, bringing last year's total of books read to 411. I have never managed to read this many before in the 20 years I've been keeping track of my reading.

Although Blake's Therapy is a short book it is one that needs pondering over. It is difficult to discern reality and truth among the conflicting narrative voices. The book opens with a lecture from an unnamed therapist who proclaims that we are here to help Graham Blake. What follows is what appears to be the therapy where Blake, a CEO of a huge multinational company is at the verge of a breakdown and must learn to weigh his power over the personal comfort and freedom of his employees. From there things get sketchy: are the people Blake is interacting with real or just actors? Has his therapy ended by the close of the book? The last chapter is a report from our unnamed therapist to Blake's ex-wife but the details here are still fuzzy.

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.

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