Source: Recieved for review
In this impressive and varied collection of creative essays, Mathias B. Freese jousts with American culture. A mixture of the author’s reminiscences, insights, observations, and criticism, This Mobius Strip of Ifs examines the use and misuse of psychotherapy, childhood trauma, complicated family relationships, his frustration as a teacher, and the enduring value of tenaciously writing through it all.
Freese scathingly describes the conditioning society imposes upon artists and awakened souls. Whether writing about the spiritual teacher Krishnamurti, poet and novelist Nikos Kazantzakis, or film giants such as Orson Welles and Buster Keaton, the author skewers where he can and applauds those who refuse to compromise and conform.
The profound visceral truths in this book will speak to anyone who endeavors to be completely alive and aware. (Taken from Goodreads)
These essays are deeply personal and allow you an insight into the writers inner mind. All the essays deal with a different period in the writers life.
I loved reading about the people who have had an impact on Freese’s life and he encourages us all as reader to think about the people who have made an impact on our own lives.
I will definitely be re-reading this book as I do not believe I have got everything out of it first time around. I am sure that on the second reading this book will throw up many surprises and I will be amazed by the things I did not think important enough to remember first time around.
My favourite essay was about the hypocrisy surrounding book bloggers. This essay presented an interesting point of view and was the essay that I felt I as a reader could most relate to.
This books will not be everyone’s cup of tea. It is thought-provoking and is definitely not a quick read. These essays are designed to make the reader think about their own life as well as learn about the author’s life.
A copy of this book was received for free from the author and all opinions are my own through reading it.