Albert started out as a doctor too but became gradually more The story of a dysfunctional family of tree: Albert started out as a doctor too but became gradually more interested in anthropology and especially in ways of communication, be it human or animal. It seems he started several interesting projects but somehow non of them ended in a scientific publication. It is all very unfocused. Although he's interested in communication he seems unable to communicate with his wife and son. Helen is also a bit weird.
No wonder their son has his own problems in communicating.
Review: Dreams of Rivers and Seas by Tim Parks - Telegraph
Sep 23, Claudia rated it really liked it. I read this book in German but couldn't find the German version on Goodreads. The novel is very well written. The problem I had with it at first was the main character who comes across thoroughly annoying. After some time, however, one is drawn into this strange tale of a scientist who goes to India where his parents live after he receives news that his father has died. He tries to come to grips with his relationship to his father and also to his surviving mother who does not really want to talk I read this book in German but couldn't find the German version on Goodreads.
He tries to come to grips with his relationship to his father and also to his surviving mother who does not really want to talk about anything. Well, I won't recount the plot here. The trouble is, I really can't tell you what it was that I liked about this book apart from its style. Part of it is a way of describing India that is not idealizing but more or less shockingly, drably realistic. Part of it is the psychology of the way being in India changes people in this case, Europeans, one American. Tim Parks takes his novelistic gaze away from decadent Europe and brings us a story of overseas visitors in India.
The central -- though absent -- presence here is that of Albert James, a discipline-crossing anthropologist. Albert dies of prostate cancer while in New Delhi and, following a phone call from his wife, Helen, their son John arrives from London for the funeral. Also in the mix is journalist Paul Roberts, long-time admirer of Albert, who hopes to persuade Helen to assent to his plan o Tim Parks takes his novelistic gaze away from decadent Europe and brings us a story of overseas visitors in India. Also in the mix is journalist Paul Roberts, long-time admirer of Albert, who hopes to persuade Helen to assent to his plan of writing a biography of her late husband.
It's at times dense, at times unnecessarily drawn out, at times unnerving — and always absorbing. Jan 10, Maggie Roessler rated it really liked it Shelves: Albert James based in part on Gregory Bateson contributes his life to complex and meandering explorations of a postulated acultural network of systems that would underlie all inter actions. Within this network, speaking, playing, loving, eating, and dying all lose their surface significance.
Activity flows away from individual contexts into ancient universal patterns. This fluidity seeps into the minds and actions of all who survive him. I kept waiting for it to be pointed out, that, while Albe Albert James based in part on Gregory Bateson contributes his life to complex and meandering explorations of a postulated acultural network of systems that would underlie all inter actions. Note that he learned other languages quickly, yet always spoke with a strong English accent.
He held back from his subjects, while working against the idea of independence. Unfortunately, that particular conflict remained unexplored. Still, a very entertaining book with a satisfying ending. Jun 15, Jacko Cabrera rated it liked it. La historia del matrimonio James o, mejor dicho, del tramo final de su matrimonio y de como su hijo John afronta los acontecimientos es de esos relatos densos donde nada es lo que parece.
Los buenos nunca lo fueron y los malos no eran tan malos. Nov 25, Sam Drew rated it it was amazing Shelves: First great novel I've read, and fantastic to read on-site, as it were. Very ambigious, Parks has some great ideas which he gives to a dead character and explores in depth with an immature protagonist. The plot appears obvious at first, but surprises the reader with characters who have more commitment to each other, and less ambition, than we first suspect.
Great depiction of a dysfunctional family, great unobtrusive use of the exotic setting. Doesn't quite take the remarkable ideas into anything First great novel I've read, and fantastic to read on-site, as it were. Doesn't quite take the remarkable ideas into anything memorable or concrete, and the ending is forgettable. However, it's intelligent, interesting, and unlike anything I've read before. An intriguing, powerful book, perhaps not a complete success, but absolutely worth the effort. The writing is unusually linear for Parks, but bristles with energy, and the sense of place is surprisingly acute for someone whose experience of India must be relatively limited although I may be wrong about this.
Technically, the book's a fine achievement; I find Parks' characterisation credible and his plotting impeccable. As usual, after reading his work, I can't understand why Tim Parks isn't ra An intriguing, powerful book, perhaps not a complete success, but absolutely worth the effort. As usual, after reading his work, I can't understand why Tim Parks isn't rated more highly.
I hope it isn't because he's chosen to live outside the UK and the 'literary world'. Aug 25, Jaya rated it did not like it. India doesn't seem to have been researched well enough; why is the Tamil doctor called Naik and why does every woman wear a saree or a salwar-kameez? Why are there so many allusions to elephants and snakes?
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It was a mistake to expect it not to fall into the trap of "exoticism". There seemed to be a divide between "them" and "us", the Indians and the foreigners, as if they were two distinct species. I started the book with pages of gloom with not the slightest dash of humour or good spirits.
I started the book with great hope, but then realised the characters were one-dimensional, confusing and never seemed to be able to make up their minds. Getting through this book was a chore. Jan 27, Diana rated it really liked it. I smelt, tasted and heard India but the characters were a mystery to me.
The central married couple's inability to relate to each other and to deprive their son of any intimacy seems positively inhuman. Interestingly written, though, and well plotted to unfold how far they deviated from the term 'genius' or 'selfless' attached to them.
Review: Dreams of Rivers and Seas by Tim Parks
It did address what people can do of value in their lives. May 14, WR rated it liked it. I generally like books set in India - full of colour and life. The characters in this book were all quite bizarre, but I guess that's part of the charm. Until it all got a little too crazy, how all the characters were not quite what they appeared to be.
The ending was not particularly surprising, but it was surprising to me that the author would wrap up the story in that way. Feb 17, Janine rated it really liked it. This story made my head spin! Tim Parks often successfully pulls complex emotions from the reader, this book confused and bewildered me just like the poor son, working his way through the mysteries of his parents lives. I could feel his frustration at emotions hidden from him but these perhaps negative feelings did not diminish the power of this story. Oct 20, Graham S rated it did not like it.
Gave up - agree with several other reviews on the characters who are 1 dimensional. The story unfolds at a snail's pace -I found myself speed reading hoping to get an interesting bit but didn't find it. Feb 09, Turi rated it it was ok. This book was on sale at Powell's in Portland. I noticed it was set mostly in Delhi, India so I bought it.
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I enjoyed the author's very good descriptions of Delhi. But I really only continued to read the book because of a vague mystery that I was determined to find out about. Jan 19, Justine rated it liked it. Much more captivating than I was expecting. A good read overall - engrossing but yet somehow ultimately unsatisfying also.
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Never worry about missing out on our essential news and trusted opinion. Then suddenly it was a river and the water was brown in color but not muddy. Also there were rocks here and there in the river and i saw myself crossing the river from the left to the right side of it and there were more people whom I didn't know but crossed along with me. I was crossing the river towards the opposite direction of the flow of the water. Also I'm a Sri Lankan, a Buddhist. I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you so much for your comment, rjbatty. I have been interested in Carl Jung and have read some of his materials.
Lately, I tend to read current studies and opinions. The International Association of the Study of Dreams has a lot of interesting information. While research is interesting, I do like to understand how others interpret their own dreams. Exploring our own dreams really helps us understand our own subjectivity, I think.
We can really help each other by highlighting when an interpretation is based on fears or negative. It is simply liberating to me to realize that our dreaming is something we can change over time as we change ourselves. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Your interpretations are good. Did you study Jungian psychology? Not many people seem open about the psyche and its symbols, but you seem to have a firm grasp.
I appreciated reading this. I had a dream that there was somehow a line of truck's pickup that is full of water. And some animal's are drinking into it. Its kinda weird though. Thank you for your comment and for sharing your dream experience. Your water dreams sound so positive and peaceful!
I would associate your dream with how you are approaching life. It gives me the impression of feeling balanced, at peace with the world and yourself, having confidence and succeeding at your endeavors without feeling challenged by or competitive with others. My dreams usually have a body of water--lately it's an ocean and a lake, peaceful and not filled with rapid waves.
I'm swimming in the lake at my own pace and not in a race. Sometimes there's boats there in the harbor. Thank you for your comment. I apologize for replying so late. At this point, I wonder if this dream of water had since resolved for you or changed.
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Regarding this dream you shared, it sounds like the water in the basement relates to suppressed or forgotten emotions that are inescapable. The dream is showing you that pumping them out- bringing them out- with the help of others could resolve the issue. I would relate this to the need to express and release these emotions possibly by speaking with others or expressing yourself in some way.
I hope this was helpful for you! Love the way you take each context of water and break it down. I too had a strange dream last night, the reason why I read your article. But, the context is different. I dreamed of being in my basement, but it was huge and I shared it with a neighbour that I had never seen. I was freaking, all I could think was I have to pump all this extra water, I have too much groundwater coming in! My neighbour on the other hand had some experts who were telling him that they would pump out the extra groundwater and no more water would come into his basement.
I asked them to help me and they said, well, as your neighbour. I asked the neighbour, but he seemed to preoccupied to help me. They started pumping out the extra water and his overflowing stopped, mine continued. I knew none of the people in my dream. Thank you so much for commenting and taking the time to read my hub. Your dream sounds interesting. Do you think it reflects how you feel about your emotions or the emotional situations you face? Crazy little tidal waves would make me feel like I am on wild ride but still able to handle it all.
Have a good one! Thank you for writing this hub. I have tidal wave dreams once in a while Have a great weekend!
Thank you for sharing your dream and taking the time to comment. Water is certainly associated with so much for people including life and pregnancy. Your particular dream would be an anxiety dream for me because being in the ocean without land in sight would certainly be scary and would give me the sense that I have reached the point of no return. For you, it seems like this dream communicated for you that you were pregnant.
I wonder how you were feeling about this and if you felt nervous at all and had feelings associated with how you would likely feel in the setting of your dream in waking life. Thank you again for sharing. Once i dreamed that i was in the middle of an ocean, with no land in sight. Learnt that i was pregnant with my First child. Thank you for sharing your dream experiences with me. Water dreams can be so powerful. In your particular case, it seems like these water dreams reflect something spiritual for you. Your dreams sound beautiful and energizing.
If these were my dreams, I would take note of the body of water I encounter.
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An ocean would show me how expansive and infinite the universe and God truly are. For the most part of my dreaming life, i dream of water a lot. Always tranquil and serene, i dream of wading in clean clear water that is always still. I have always found the need to know what it always means - these water dreams, and as i always have clear recollections of dreams, i always yearn for interpretations. I have become your follower now. Im glad to find a hubber whose articles will help me have a better understanding of my numerous dreams. I am known as a dreamer and always try to understand each dream the best way i can.
One thing that's certain is that when i awake from my water dreams, i feel engulfed in total peace. Thank you for sharing your dream. This dream of the ocean sounds like you are not in touch with unconscious emotions that need your attention. It would sound like emotional turmoil. My suggestion would be to find a way to "get wet" in these dreams so that you can begin to get more in touch with this part of yourself and shed some light onto its meaning and what needs your attention. Hi ive had the same sort of dream a few times but its not consistent im standing watching the ocean but its always rough and dark around me and some times im on a boat or just standing on the shore observing, a couple of times ive been standing there watchibg the break wall were waves crash right in front of me and i just stand and watch im confused on what it might be,.
Your dreams of water in a negative way sounds like they could relate to negative emotions. The water leaking through pipes would relate to the emotions that spill over. I would wonder if the pipes aren't your wind pipe expressing emotions you are trying not to. The snow and ice would relate to emotions you suppressed and are frozen. I have had dreams of water for the last five nights, always in a negative manner.
Excessive water leaking thru my homes pipes. Always with a lot of people standing around just watching my distress. Dreaming of those who have passed could mean many things. You may want to click on my profile my name and find the hub about dreaming of messages from the dead. Here, the lack or river sounds like it has a more spiritual reference for you. Do you feel blocked spiritually in some way and not able to fully engage in a remembrance and honoring of your friend?
Also since you feel you cannot enjoy the water, it is possible you are struggling with confronting some intense feelings. If you do not connect with your friend, you may be dreaming of the distance you may feel now that she has passed. I keep having dreams of my best friend who passed a year and a half ago.
Each dream is similar as her and I are going with a group of people to party at the lake or river. Sometimes we are going to go floating or watch an event. I can never get in to water to enjoy the fun, I see her but never get to hang out. Dreaming that someone is dead when there are alive can show a disconnect with that person or an aspect of self you associate with that person.
Something would need more of your attention. The pool of water can be your unconscious emotions. The fish and the lobster could be what you are aware of. I would associate pain with the lobster. The dog delivering a small puppy would relate to hope and the potential for personal growth. Hmmm interesting but how come whenever i dreamed of water, i always got more money coming in?
Very thorough and insightful. I have water dreams a lot and explaining the different types helps shed light on how to interpret. Hope to see more of your dream hubs! Thanks so much for taking the time to read my hub and comment. I am too embarrassed to admit how long it too me to write this hub. Water really is everywhere!
You really covered all the bases for different ways water is involved in our lives. It makes one stop and think. We take water for granted. It's a major influence in our lives and we couldn't life without it. With that said, I have suddenly realized that I don't quite remember having had any dreams about water. But now that I read your Hub, I plan to try to watch for it, as it may be interesting to see how it may relate to what's going on for me in my life or in my present state of mind.
As you explained, it could be very 'telling' to get a better understanding of our emotions. Excellent article about the different forms of water and how they can be related to our dreams. If I were to dream subconsciously about a particular body of water it would definitely have to be an ocean. Because I often relate oceans to making me feel more relaxed deep down inside, but at the same time in full control of my environment, or other things around me. I guess you could say a sense of power. Never remember half of my dreams but you can be sure of one thing, after reading your article, I will no doubt start having dreams about water-maybe even a wet dream or two-who knows?
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