Where Three Roads Meet, Paperback

Where Three Roads Meet Paperback

Part of the Myths series

3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


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 only 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 strange story?

Set partly in pre-war London and partly in ancient Greece, Where three roads meets is as brilliantly compelling as it is moving.

Former psychoanalyst and acclaimed novelist Salley Vickers revisits a crime committed long ago which still has disturbing reverberations for us all.




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Sally Vickers joins the Canongate Myth series taking the tale of Oedipus. She matches him up with Psychologist Sigmund Freud who came up with his famous theory of mother loving and father hating Oedipus complex and his theory of Psychoanalysis. Sally comes up with the genius idea of having the Oracle who fortold that Oedipus would kill his father and that he would sleep with his mother appearing to Freud in his later life and telling his side of events.Freud is ill. He has a painful cancer growing in his mouth which led to much of his jaw being removed and many painful operations. He was given his oral prothesis he nicknamed "the monster" to aid his speaking and it is during this illness that the Oracle first begins to appear. We learn of his life growing up in Delphi being dedicated to Apollo but also working with Athena who causes his blindness and Dionysis. There are some great moments of dialogue between him and Freud who cannot help trying to analyse him at intervals.This was such a fun and interesting novel. I didn't know much about Freud's life and was interested to read about his crippling illness and his time fleeing the Nazi's against his will (his sisters were killed in concentration camps). It so ironic that Freud who needed his powers of speech so much lost them in later life. A great addition to an excellent and thought provoking series.

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Part of the Canongate Myths series this is a reworking of the Oedipus myth. Vickers uses a series of conversations between a severely ill Sigmund Freud, the originator of the Oedipus Complex, and Tiresias, the blind seer of the Theban plays, to explore and open up the myth to other interpretations. Having studied these plays, I found this retelling interesting, but not necessarily innovative or moving. But I loved the domestic detail of Freud's life, his daughter, Anna, bringing him tea at 5pm every day, his longing for his Chow, Lün and his need to see the almond blossom in his garden before he died. I also suspect that this may be a book that will benefit from a couple of rereads.

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Where Three Roads Meet by Sally Vickers is another of the revamped myths in the series that includes The Penelopiad and Dream Angus. In this story, Freud, slowly dying of cancer, is retold the Oedipus story by Tireseas, the blind soothsayer. Freud is asked to reconsider his take on the myth, now that he has the true story. There are some interesting exchanges between the men. Short, and relatively easy to read, this story just missed the mark for me. Written as a dialogue between the two men, it is not always easy to tell who is speaking and I found myself mixing up who was who several times. However, as a series, these works are fascinating retellings and I’m glad I took the time.

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