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Title : Freud's Last Session
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ISBN : 9780822224938
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 37 Pages
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Freud's Last Session Reviews

  • Phrodrick
    2019-03-01 05:47

    Bottom Line: I had seen Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session as a live performance and came away hoping that I had missed something. Have finished reading this version I am still hoping for more depth and breath. Instead of an exchange of thoughtful, respectful arguments by two great minds, Last Session has glimpses of what each might have said if given more time. There is too much background clutter and only the one act. I can recommend the play and the script, but not with much enthusiasm.Freud’s Last Session arranges a fictionalized meeting between Sigmund Freud and writer C.S. Lewis. Freud is older in the last stages of dying from mouth cancer . He is a determined atheist. Lewis, had been a disbeliever but had switched to being a devout religious and sometimes mystical leaning Christian. The world famous psychoanalyst is curious about why the switch and the younger man is curious about why he is of interest to the alienist.Filling out the short time for discussion are the many demands of Freud’s collapsing health, the imminent outbreak of Europe’s World War II and calls to Freud’s daughter who is famous in her own name as a psychoanalyst. Lots of business interrupting what should have been more talking.The two personalities are very fine and deep thinkers. St. Germain is to be credited with ignoring obvious or low level cases for and against belief in God. The author is respectful of his dramatis personae but there is a lack of deep thinking or analytical fire. Neither side gives over to the other.If either argument is victorious it is not obviously so. The younger man is respectful and quietly adamant. The older man is cranky and in too much pain to wax eloquent.I had hopes for a serious and detailed dialogue. The author, perhaps realizing his inability to provide either, limits the play to one short act and the arguments are suggested rather than detailed and interspersed among too much clutter.

  • Stefani Celine
    2019-03-07 02:05

    wonderful short 2 hander. Great dialogue that clips along, interesting conversation of 2 great minds that doesn’t challenge one enough to get an audience upset. very enjoyable read

  • Molly
    2019-02-27 04:08

    A really interesting play that I'd never heard of before. Engaging, quick, and it raises a lot of good questions.

  • John Walker
    2019-02-24 08:06

    I've only read a few plays in my life and I've enjoyed even fewer, but today I add another to my prestigious list: Freud's Last SessionThis is a rather short play (34 pages) written by Mark St. Germain based off the work by Armand Nicholi The Question of God. The plot is rather simple, a young C. S. Lewis is invited by the aged and dying Sigmund Freud to meet him at his study. Lewis has just recently published the Pilgrim's Regress which he supposes has drawn Freud's wrath. Upon his arrival to the great psychologist's den he learns of the true purpose for his summons. Freud, having learned through an Oxford professor of Lewis' conversion, seeks to find out why a man with "superior intelligence and a talent for analytic reasoning" would leave skepticism to embrace belief. (p. 11) And so begins the banter. The ensuing dialogue jumps from God, to sex, to evil, to suicide, to Jesus, and underlying it all is Freud's search for meaning--for a way out of misery. With his health rapidly declining and his depression evident, the infamous psychoanalyst appears frail and weak--even desperate--adding an urgency to the conversation. All the while the play is powerfully augmented by the backdrop of Germany's invasion of Poland and the fearful anticipation of another world war. St. Germain does well not to beatify Lewis nor leave all his answers satisfactory, at one moment, regarding the problem of evil, he states soberly: "I don't know. [...] And I don't pretend to. [...] I can't justify your pain. Yet I can't imagine God desires it." (p. 25) Both characters are well portrayed, and while it is clear who claims the playwright's sympathies, Freud appears neither devilish nor foolish. I'd venture that readers of all sentiments will find the work provocative and entertaining. The sheer wit in their badinage is a joy to read. All in all, I recommend the read for anyone interested in either of these two giants of the twentieth century.

  • Erin
    2019-03-04 04:51

    Three and a half stars. I almost want to say four stars, because I really enjoyed it. However, I know that the C.S. Lewis dialogue is nearly-identical in places to direct quotes from his books and essays (I can't say the same about Freud because I am not nearly so familiar with his works). I understand that the basis for the dialogue must be derived from something, but it was a little too familiar at times.

  • Cassie
    2019-03-06 05:59

    Very surprised at St. Germain's writing style. I expected the conversation between Freud and Lewis to be stodgy and acadmeic--that it would be stimulating, but a bit lofty. I was pleasantly surprised that the dialogue is written with such a casual intelligence. It's essentially a one-act, but so much is packed into the pages that if feels much longer. An interesting philosophical debate between science and religion between two great minds in their field.

  • Alyssa
    2019-03-22 04:06

    Throughout the first half of the play, the writing was elementary - lines were almost directly taken from Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr's lectures on Freud and C.S. Lewis, and the jokes were too obvious - as the play progressed and the characters "warmed up", however, the jokes and wit finally got me. It's a short play, so still a must read for anyone interested in these two men.

  • Amy
    2019-03-22 06:01

    C.S. Lewis pays a visit to Sigmund Freud right at the beginning of World War II. They discuss a little of everything- religion, morality, sexuality, assisted suicide, war, etc. It was interesting to read a fictional conversation between two men who hold such differing views. I was hoping for a little deeper discussion, but I still enjoyed this thought-provoking drama.

  • Joseph Schickel
    2019-03-24 05:43

    My wife, Susie, and I saw an excellent production of this play at the Ensemble Theatre in Cincinnati. It's a two person play that's basically a long discussion/argument be between CS Lewis and Sigmund Freud taking place on the eve of World War II. Very funny and insightful.

  • Beth
    2019-03-22 07:55

    Interesting peek into the fear of death in both the atheist and the Christian.

  • Jaime L.
    2019-03-20 05:54

    A short, but delightful, play that effectively portrays the primary views of two influential minds.

  • Azabu
    2019-03-09 06:01

    A play about CS Lewis and Sigmund Freud, two of my heroes. Very gripping imagined scene between two philosophers with opposing views.

  • Kevin Estabrook
    2019-03-18 05:42

    I would love to have this play performed at my parish!

  • Nancy
    2019-03-20 00:47

    More like 2.5