98 Reasons for Being

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Viking, 2004 - Fiction - 342 pages
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Novelist Clare Dudman, whose work has earned comparisons to Andrea Barrett and Peter Hoeg, is that rare kind of author who manages to bring history dramatically to life. In 98 "Reasons for Being, she conjures up the revolutionary nineteenth-century German physician, Heinrich Hoffmann, best known today for his famous book of children's rhymes "Struwwelpeter, or "Shockheaded Peter. In 1850s Frankfurt, a Jewish girl named Hannah Meyer is admitted to the town asylum; she hasn't spoken, slept, or eaten in weeks and wagging tongues have resulted in a diagnosis of nymphomania. In an increasingly obsessed effort to cure her, Dr. Hoffmann uses all the methods at his disposal--from ice packs and blood letting to electrodes. Nothing works until he resorts to talking--revealing the fascinating case histories of his other patients as well as his own troubled home life. Only then does Hannah begin to respond, and gradually yield her tale of love, transgression, and prejudice. As the secrets hidden in Hannah's mind are exposed, Hoffmann begins to uncover his own buried truths, and, in the end, discover his real reasons for being. Brilliantly composed with a keen sense of German and Jewish history, "98 Reasons for Being is written with the intensity of D. M. Thomas's "The White Hotel and confirms Dudman's reputation as a gifted storyteller.

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Review: 98 Reasons for Being

User Review  - Duane Lowe - Goodreads

After I got on to the writing style I really enjoyed this book. I read it at the same time as I was traveling in Provence. There I visited the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence where van Gogh endured ... Read full review

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User Review  - Die Booth - Goodreads

This book is one of my favourites by the excellent writer Clare Dudman. As usual the historical research the story is built upon is meticulously undertaken and fascinating, but you're guaranteed to ... Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (2004)

Clare Dudman was born in North Wales and has worked as an industrial research and development scientist.

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