Camille and the Raising of Eros

Author(s) : William Rose

Camille and the Raising of Eros

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  • Publisher : Sphinx
  • Published : May 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 280
  • Category :
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  • Catalogue No : 93461
  • ISBN 13 : 9781912573134
  • ISBN 10 : 191257313X
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Spain, 1920s. The lives of three Carmelite nuns intersect and develop through a period of intense experience. In their personal histories there is great contrast, from the artistic exuberance of Paris in ‘La Belle Époque’ to slavery in Africa, but a past element is shared that has deeply affected each one.

William Rose adeptly guides the narrative through Africa, Spain and France in the early decades of the 20th century, as the characters reveal their histories and discover the destinies that await them.

This novel is a striking exploration of personal history aided by the spirited observations of an eccentric French psychoanalyst. It is also an emotive reflection upon the agony of maternal loss and betrayal, and upon love.

About the Author(s)

William Rose was born and continues to live in London. He has had, for many years, a special interest in both the art of the Symbolist movement and the early development of psychoanalysis, two areas of cultural purpose that in their own very different ways, aimed to free the human psyche from the limitations of repression.

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D. Fagin on 24/11/2019 17:53:45

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William Rose has written a uniquely sensitive and masterfully crafted book.
It describes the personal journeys of its main characters, three Carmelite nuns at a time of great change both culturally and historically. (Belle Époque)
Change is also central to its characters.
It’s a refined and a very good read.
With reference to Freud’s views on religion, the reader is invited into analytically oriented discussions about Camille’s chosen path, thereby giving us an insight into the links between perception and memory.
Links are made to Greek mythology, spirituality and, not least, it offers a helpful way of understanding Freud’s theory of repression and how that can manifest as emotional anxiety and mental illness.
If parallels can be drawn between Belle Époque and the unrest of our contemporary lives, a question is raised as to how we control our own way of being when faced with the grim reality of living by the doctrine of others.
For those of us who cling to wanting to live in an ordered world, the sense of sanctuary becomes more and more desirable. ‘Retreat’ from the pressures and impingement therefore may be seen as one way of dealing with that aim, even if sometimes it means living in isolation.

C. Leader on 26/10/2019 16:06:56

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Camille and the Raising of Eros is as extraordinary as its title. With subtle skill, the author, William Rose, offers the reader the mysteriously cloistered yet rich and interwoven lives of three religious women whose stories move through a wide psychological and geographical landscape. And the book has a wonderful pace and energy that kept me wanting to read on. The narrative takes us to Cordoba, Spain, to the African desert lands and finally to France during the glamorous historical period of La Belle Époque and the Great Exhibition in Paris in 1889 and then beyond. And in the background is the presence of psychoanalysis and the deep connections between dreams and spiritual and erotic passion. It turns out that these three women are uncannily connected but I don’t want to give too much away of this rich and exciting tale.

Robin Ray on 08/07/2019 21:20:28

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Great follow-up to Strange Case of Madeleine Seguin, mystery, suspense, history, magic...
Read this delicious new book over three days in the sun, unable to put it down except for meals, outings and swimming. Stunned. Seems so personal! (Gave me ideas about my meta-mythological pictures (pretentious? Moi?) in a way I haven’t thought about before.) I feel it’s done something to me, something significant, rare in any book. Reading the psychoanalysts when I was 17 was an utterly shallow skimming I now realise and 70 years later I’m rereading whatever I can get my hands on. Mr Rose’s ability to relate art, religion and psychoanalysis in a suspense-filled novel I find irresistibly exciting, bless him. His writing is unfashionably pure, so leisurely, so comprehensive, with few metaphors or similes yet so visual, never an important clue to his intent is missing. And his use of mythology is thrilling. I can’t wait for vol 3. I’m already mentally casting J in the movie. Meryl for Genevieve? Who’s Morel though? I suppose Cumberbatch?... no too predictable for Mr Rose. As for Camille, well, over to you, gentle reader!

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