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This book allocates our need to love and hate squarely to the need of every individual to maintain their own 'meaning structures', and the various ways in which it is possible to do that. Rowe is a psychologist and psychoanalytical theory informs the book.

Rowe tells a lot of stories about people and situations from her own work and from history, including consideration of conflicts and motives in Serbia, Northern Ireland, South Africa and her native Australia; and the shared experiences of Brian Keenan and John McCarthy as hostages in Beirut. Much of this material relates to the final decade of the Twentieth Century (just before publication in 2001) and is interesting with the added hindsight.

I don't have sufficient knowledge to critique either the psychoanalytical theory or the history, but the discussion makes sense to me. I found this very interesting and useful to read, and it will stay on my shelves alongside her equally intesting book about money.

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davesmusictank
21st Feb, 2015 14:19 (UTC)

Sounds an interesting book which i will have to add to my wants list.

la_marquise_de_
21st Feb, 2015 15:56 (UTC)
I have a number of her books, including this one, and find them constructive and interesting.
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