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Title:
The way things happen
Author:
Giffard, Ingaret.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Physical Description:
376 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Personal Subject:
ISBN:
9780688095161
Format :
Book

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Central Library PR6013.I298 Z478 1989A Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Her father slept with a loaded revolver under his pillow; her mother was prey to inner torments that drove her into Jungian analysis; and when a suitor proposed marriage, then abruptly changed his mind, Giffard became suicidal and almost drowned herself in Malta. The author of this eventful autobiography overcame a girlhood of poverty and sexual assault in England, went on to study with Jung and Toni Wolff in Zurich, and became a lay analyst. Earlier, as a playwright in London during the 1930s, she became involved with journalist Laurens van der Post (her second husband) while each of them was married to someone else. By turns poetically precise, garrulous and genteel, this memoir includes recollections of Giffard's travels in colonial India, Sudan and South Africa. Though not a sustained Jungian self-analysis, her self-portrait has its share of synchronistic coincidences, dreams, unraveled projections and promptings of the author's inner ``voice that has called to me at all sorts of intervals and moments over the years.'' Photos. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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