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Powder Dreams: a novel (English Edition) di [Ward-Nanney, David]
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After eight years of searching for perfect snow, Bo Grayson knows that every great day in the mountains can end with an avalanche. He has seen search and rescue on several avalanches. He has seen the bodies. Few survive.

Sometimes events or people or moods create their own avalanches. There is the dreaded avalanche of the home life, of the career, and even of the soul. Sometimes you feel the avalanche before it happens.

A haunting autumnal depression and a chance bookstore encounter lead Bo to a Jungian analysis. He digs through his past and takes a closer look at his friends. Some are larger than life and monstrous. He must reckon with his chosen profession as a Chicago trader and the insatiable drive to make more money. Most of all Bo must reconcile his own collection of clamoring voices, especially the ones that drive him into ever more dangerous territory.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Editore: Mud Season Publishing LLC (14 settembre 2011)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B005NATOP4
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5.0 su 5 stelle A Transformational Journey 28 febbraio 2012
Di Gail D. Gray - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
I just finished Powder Dreams by David Ward-Nanney and found it to be a riveting tale, which I hope to see more of as contemporary people search for a life of meaning.
It's a deceptively complex book and pushes so many buttons, - so many things to address. The reader can't help but connect with Bo, despite his flaws, despite his mistakes. We want to be him when he's on the slopes, not just with him (until a certain incident); but when he entered analysis - that's when I saw his real strength. There were times I had to put the book down for a short while because I felt squirmy, as if I were sitting in that chair across from Dr. Attfield - I was terrified on a visceral level.

This book is packed with so much, it starts off kind of laid back, like Bo's lifestyle. But when it picks up, there's so much going on your head is spinning, all these undercurrents: from dangerous deep powder skiing to dealing with for floor of The Chicago stock market' from drug dealers to corporate business and the Martha Stewarts of that world; from fragmenting to finding to pull back together again.

There's commentary galore, but what it's really about is people, how people screw up, how people struggle, how people enter those liminal zones, those transitory grey areas where they don't know what's right for them anymore.

We come to like and really care about so many of the characters, Dr, Kalb, Pearson, and Claire, Abbie, even Marty, who tries to get what he wants via the wrong methods.

Bo embarks on lifestyles, a number of diverse lifestyles, widely different from each one previous, lifestyles most people envy, yet he tosses them away, a feeling that "something's not quite right, a yearning for something more, a way to feel authentic and yet still function in the adult world which he avoided longer than most. All set against a rollicking contemporary journey across the United States and beyond, into the internal world, the world of Jung, archetypes and powerful forces: tricksters and puer aeternus, the anima and the hero.When the fissures appear, and everything comes crumbling down - Bo emerges as someone who can and can't take it - he has bouts of disillusionment with those who he trusted (friends, father, bosses) or those he should respect, he feels regret when looking back on things he would change.

I come to this novel from a variety of viewpoints, early on as the mom of a son who goes for the risk taking sports, although my son chose car racing and skateboarding - he had the same yearnings, the need for freedom, for speed, for risk and the power of the human body tor endure and outwit them.

I also approach Nanney's tale simply as a reader who wants to be swept away to another kind of life (which he did) and since I'm also an author and editor, I read with a more critical eye looking how he connects with an audience, writes technically well, handles plot. As an editor, I'm always searching for a great story, but most of all, how he treats and develops his protagonist and characters, giving them obstacles and rewards to ensure their growth as human beings.

And then I come to his novel as another seeker on the path of Jung. I've read his books, as well as books about him for 29 years or more. I've gone through therapy (not with Jungians) three or four times in my life, during crisis periods and loved it, I've studied my dreams and learned to live my life using the Jungian Types, archetypes and techniques most of my adult life.

As I write, I discover my novels act as stages where my personal archetypes speak from somewhere in my subconscious, even before I realize it. Are we not all enduring the same human struggles going on over the centuries, power, will, the desire for fame, the desire for freedom, love, temptation and regret, forgiveness, hope and trust?

All of these are human realities, lived and explored from ancient times, exploding or culled form the deepest reaches of our innermost selves. A self often hidden, rejected and feared. Yet Bo, rises to the challenge, ever an adventurer, one who learns to manage fear one step at a time, he takes the more difficult path in the office of Dr. Attfield, the most challenging task he will ever attempt, one which could bury him, like Nietzsche, like Goethe, like Morrison and Cobain. he takes up the task of getting to the other side, a place he sought along, and is wise enough to seek out a guide, A Jungian analyst. My only disappointment with the book is how Bo left Dr. Attfield's sessions so abruptly, unfinished, I felt - perhaps a complicated transference with a father figure - who's to know. I didn't want the sessions to stop - as I read them, I learned about myself, recognized some of my own repressed aspects of myself, my own resistances.
The complex and hard to pin Jungian type of therapy is hard to explore in a contemporary novel, without getting the reader lost in terminology or abstract dreams. There are aspects which date back to the archaic, not compatible with what we would consider everyday life even when it enters such urban pressure cookers as the stock market and drug world, yet Nanney pulls it off. He has already led us down the fool's path on the journey and we're helpless to step off, until we too, as readers, endure the trials and powerful transformations of a system compared to the Eleusinian mysteries. I read this over the course of a few very busy days, savoring it, yet wanting to get back to it, even as my mind spiraled reassessing my own path in life. Don't miss this thought provoking contemporary novel - it could have a powerful and profound on the way you think and experience life.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent novel. 28 dicembre 2011
Di Eric Fain - Pubblicato su
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The title of this novel, Power Dreams, is mostly MacGuffin. This is no ski novel. Powder Dreams explores how Bo Greyson finds his place in the world and the decisions that put him on the paths that define his life. Luck plays a part with a chance encounter in a bookstore. That is only a part. Bo commits to exploring the philosophical threads initiated in his youth (with a little chance) to their origins until he ends with a profound depth and a Jamesian religious experience. The Jungian threads in the novel are explored without pedantry, woven into the narrative. The writer takes real risks in the main character's evolution.

Still, the novel's pace and rhythm are impeccable. My curiosity about the characters never waned. I rarely find writers whose work I admire both for the writing and the message but Mr. Ward-Nanney has captivated me.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Better and better 18 novembre 2011
Di A. Cooper - Pubblicato su
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I just finished Ward Nanney's new book. I very different animal from his last outing, at least for this reader.
I have to say I was not encouraged by the title or the blurb on the back. I figured it would just be a ski story. But the writing was so engaging that I read it through in two sittings. It is a very fluid first-person style and brings out a real character (who I don't identify with, so better yet). Frankly I would not have guessed the last book was by the same author. It's a good story with some interesting twists and turns and the inner/outer dialogue creates a nice counterpoint. Nice flow.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent! 25 ottobre 2011
Di K. Nicholson - Pubblicato su
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This book is a real page turner and is full of surprises. It's the tale of a young man's quest for a life lived large. Bo's search for himself, happiness and his place in the world finds him following an ever-changing path of self discovery and wanderings. The questions he constantly asks are ones most of us are too busy to ask very often and yet leave the reader to contemplate also. Open it when you have time to do nothing but read for a couple of days because you won't put it down.
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5.0 su 5 stelle "spellbinding" 7 novembre 2011
Di Silver - Pubblicato su
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I couldn't put this book down. It was spellbinding. Well written, on the edge of my seat kind of book.
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