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Conversations With Adam and Natasha*

Pantheon 1977
Allen Lane 1978

Contents
ABE


· Summary ·

R.D. Laing's conversations with his two younger children over a period of six years "carry on in the tradition of Knots and will undoubetdly appeal" (Publishers Weekly). They have resulted in a marvelous collection of the "knots" of childhood and an intimate look at the way children's thoughts and personalities develop. conversations is a funny, tender, and instructive book about children - how they grow, what they think, and how they cope with the universal problems of childhood. A long introduction traces the evolution of a child's thoughts over the years, showing how the author copes with different concepts and how family relationships develop.

Unembellished and printed without explanatory or connective text, they include loving exchanges, exploratory dialogues, parent-child struggles, not-so-simple requests, diverting questions, and a good proportion of Oedipal treasures." Kirkus Reviews

- Jacket notes from the Pantheon edn.

Monday

25 November 1974

Evening

Natasha

why are you looking down?

Ronnie

I'm feeling sad

Natasha

why are you feeling sad?

Ronnie

I don't know

Natasha

you don't know

Ronnie

I want to write things, but I don't seem able to

Natasha

why are you not able to?

Ronnie

I don't know

Natasha

what do you want to write?

Ronnie

I want to tell people what people tell me

Natasha

maybe you can't remember what people tell you. Maybe you've forgotten what people tell you

Ronnie

well. You hear a lot of what people tell me. Can you remember what people tell me?*

Natasha

yes. I can remember

Ronnie

people say so many things

Natasha

yes I know

Ronnie

and what do they say?

Natasha

they want to go home.

 

*Natasha is only allowed into my room when I'm seeing people if I don't know she's there. She has a pair of Tibetan house-shoes she calls 'sneakers', which make no sound and usually make her invisible. She puts them on to sneak into my room and curl up under my desk.

 

· Contents ·

Penguin (New York) paperback 1st edition, Conversations With Children published simultaneously with Conversations with Adam and Natasha.


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