Night: Night Life, Night Language, Sleep and Dreams

W. W. Norton & Company, 1996 - 290 páginas
As children, most of us are scared of the dark. Although we may put that fear behind us, it remains nonetheless buried deep in places where we prefer not to look. It is a terror-as old as the human race-that survives in spite of the magic of electricity, which disguises but can never erase the differences between night and day.

In this powerfully written book, A. Alvarez examines night in all its aspects. How do we light it? How do we inhabit it and make it safe? In what "languages" do we dream? The search moves from the neon-lit brilliance of Las Vegas to the shadowy underworld patrolled by the police. We visit a sleep laboratory, where scientists try to understand what happens to our bodies and in our brains when sleep claims us. Alvarez shows how "night horrors" inspired and terrified Coleridge, how dreams liberated the minds of Stevenson and the Surrealists, and how his own childhood fears provided a gateway to the secret world of the unconscious. And through a highly original and accessible account of the thoughts of Freud, Jung, and their modern-day counterparts, Alvarez reveals how deeply dreams and the unconscious color and fashion our waking lives.

Like his bestseller The Savage God, Night is a remarkable, eloquent combination of ideas and personal experience; it is a literary feast, a journey of discovery, and a perfect initiation into the mysteries of the dark.

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Crítica de los usuarios  - djjazzyd - LibraryThing

This is a book about the night and what it brings. He looks at it from a bunch of different angles. The book takes on - dreams and nightmares, the fear of the dark, night shift work, the history of ... Leer comentario completo

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Crítica de los usuarios  - nandadevi - LibraryThing

Alvarez brings a kind of journalistic quality to a subject that he apparently devoted four years to bring to fruition in this book. So it's easy reading, in fact easy put down, pick up reading. But I ... Leer comentario completo



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A. Alvarez (1929--2019) was a highly acclaimed poet, novelist, literary critic, and author.

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