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The World Is Made Of Glass Morris L. West

The World Is Made Of Glass

Morris L. West

Published 1984
ISBN : 9780340347102
316 pages
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I have a confession to make: This is the 3rd time I have read the World is made of Glass. Australian author Morris West, who also wrote The Shoes of the Fisherman, is one of the greatest writers of the 20th century and I dont think he has been given enough credit for his body of work. I have always been riveted by the World is Made of Glass because the characterization, plot and story is superb. Magda as the brilliant sociopath, medical doctor and wealthy society diva is an incredible depiction of a woman who has major contradictions in her personality. While her strength seems over-the-top, she is still entirely credible and unforgettable as a woman who does want to develop compassion and a conscience, but is clueless as to how to begin the journey to get there. To have this powerful woman seek help from Carl Jung, the father of modern psychoanalysis seems improbable, but the way the story is told makes the reader have a deep understanding and awareness for these two characters humanity and the existential pain we all face as human beings that is inherent in the human condition. Magda is seeking help because she is falling down the black hole of living a life with no meaning. Ironically, after Jung dismisses her as a patient and as someone he cannot help, she is able to find redemption on her own accord.