The Beast in the Nursery
On Curiosity and Other Appetites
By (author) Adam Phillips
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Beast in the Nursery by Adam Phillips
Book DescriptionGrowing up is a process of disillusionment, during which we shed the vitality of childhood - or so conventional wisdom has it. In "The Beast in the Nursery," Adam Phillips shows why we are so keen to accept this reassuringly disappointing myth. He questions whether our first appetites can survive the acquisition of language, the donning of custom, the onset of education - all the ways in which we learn that the world is not simply what we want it to be. He offers a portrait of the conflict in all of us between the child and the realist, the dreamer and the scientist, the beast and the nursery. For Phillips, our lives are livable only insofar as we do not lose what inspires us, but learn instead how to transform it into guiding knowledge.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780375700477
Paperback / softback
(204mm x 132mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Adam Phillips
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Takes us into the hauntingly confused worlds of two ageing male protagonists - washed-up scientist Freddie Montgomery, desperate to explain why he is being held in an Irish prison for murder and recently widowed art historian Max Morden, who has returned to a sleepy seaside boarding house to relive the events of his first adolescent awakenings.
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Author Biography - Adam Phillips
Adam Phillips is the author of Winnicott; On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored; On Flirtation; Terrors and Experts; and Monogamy. Formerly the principal child psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London, he lives in England. From the Hardcover edition.
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