|Plot Summary of The White Hotel|
|"Opera singer Lisa Erdman suffers from hallucinations along with psychosomatic pains in her left breast and left ovary. She is sent to Sigmund Freud for analysis after biological causes of her illness are ruled out.
During her analysis, she recounts to Freud an extended fantasy she had. In this fantasy, which she records both as poetic verses and as a travel journal, she meets Freud's son on a train and travels with him to a white hotel, where the two engage in a prolonged an extremely elicit love affair. At the same time, the white hotel is afflicted with a series of tragedies, including a fire, a landslide, and a flood.
Freud conducts an extended case study on Erdman, naming her "Frau Anna G." Through analysis of the dream and of her life history, he determines that she her issues are very tied up with her childhood discovery of her mother's affair with Lisa's uncle, and her mother's subsequent early death.
After completing her analysis, mostly healed of her ailments but not entirely convinced of the accuracy of Freud's conclusions, Lisa returns to her professional life. In the process of this, she marries again (for she is a divorcee), and becomes mother to a little Jewish boy in Russia, in the years immediately preceding World War II."
Melissa Rachiele, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The White Hotel|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- living in dreamworld
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Battle with a psychiatrist
- mental illness
Has magical powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- mind reading
- can see into the future
- Mentally ill
- Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of hetero sex
Lot of foul language?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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