Where Three Roads Meet

Where Three Roads Meet

The Myth of Oedipus

Book - 2007
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In the latest retelling of the world's greatest stories in the Myth series from Canongate, the highly regarded novelist Salley Vickers brings to life the Western world's most widely known myth, Oedipus , through a shrewdly told exploration of the seminal story in conversation between Freud and Tiresias.

It is 1938 and Sigmund Freud, suffering from the debilitating effects of cancer, has been permitted by the Nazis to leave Vienna. He seeks refuge in England, taking up residence in the house in Hampstead in which he will die fifteen months later. But his last months are made vivid by the arrival of a stranger who comes and goes according to Freud's state of health. Who is the mysterious visitor and why has he come to tell the famed proponent of the Oedipus complex his strangely familiar story?

Set partly in prewar London and partly in ancient Greece, Where Three Roads Meet is as brilliantly compelling as it is thoughtful. Former psychoanalyst and acclaimed novelist Salley Vickers revisits a crime committed long ago that still has disturbing reverberations for us all today.
Publisher: New York : Canongate, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781847670182
Branch Call Number: VIC
Characteristics: xii, 197 pages : maps ; 21 cm.


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forbesrachel Apr 05, 2013

Where Three Roads Meet kindly starts with a brief introduction into Freud's later life. This proves helpful, for the majority of the book is written in a series of short dialogues between him and Tiresias during this time period. There is a certain irony to the fact that Dr. Freud, someone who researched the mind, is talking to someone who is in his mind. The dialogue is fast paced, but has a full of a range of emotions, most notably wit and pathos. The talk these two share is food for thought, for one speaks of reason, while the other has a more spiritual approach. These two characters truly add something to the tale of Oedipus.

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