My Education: A Book of Dreams (英語) ペーパーバック – 1996/8/9
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Dreams have always been a source of imagery in Burroughs' work. In this text, hundreds of dreams - intense, vivid, visionary - form the spiralling core of a haunting journey into perception.
I liked how he used his dreams as education, and how he realized the importance of his dreams; a very Freudian quality. I think that this book represented finally coming to terms with your past, and accepting vicissitude (or change) that others tend to shy away from. This book is a very important addition to Burroughs' extensive body of work, and undoubtedly one of his best books. And often times it's overlooked because it's in the shadow of the Naked Lunch and the Soft Machine.
In My Education A Book Of Dreams the writing is really more accessible than ever and is offering an interesting view throught his dreams of the modern society, its symbols, its plots, its images. Burroughs intelligence is to give to the new generation important writings. This books has been published two years before Burroughs sad reaching to Heaven in 1997.
An essential book in his bibliography which I should recommend to everyone interested in this mysterious writer, so different from his well known principal books, so touching, so mysterious & so essential.
You can't expect to read a book like this in the same way that you would read an ordinary book. You must unfocus your mind, in the same way that you must unfocus your eyes to truly SEE some abstract art. Only then will the images begin to flow and transport you. That is because this book is a conscious act of magic, as the old magician knew when he crafted it....
See if the Land of the Dead doesn't start to seem very familiar to you. I know I immediately recognised the place he was describing. It is a place where the dead, the sleeping, the magical travellers all meet. That is why the landscape and architecture are such a tangle, why there are no clear distinctions between public and private places. It is a mad, mixed, consensus "reality." That is also why flight is possible there. You see, in such a place gravity isn't a law- it is an opinion....