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By Gerald J. Gargiulo

This memoir is a narrative of loss and achieve, of alienation and reconciliation, and of ways such studies cross into the making of a psychoanalyst. In sharing his personal very bothered relations heritage, his decade as a Carmelite monk, his marriage and occupation as a psychoanalyst, Gargiulo indicates how the various items of one's lifestyles can healthy jointly into whatever that's significant and genuine. this can be one person's existence - however it pertains to us all. 'We are sure jointly, every one of us,' the writer writes, 'in our dwelling, our issues and our joys. As we pay attention another's tale, we're, at the same time, writing our personal autobiography.' damaged Fathers/Broken Sons is a unprecedented mix of memoir and musing. Playful and clever, it really is an ode to what's damaged within we all, in addition to to what seeks permits us to place again jointly either questions and quests, as we trip out of a decade of searching for a greater father in God in a Carmelite monastery, into psychoanalytic perform. Out of 1 man's coming to phrases with the wear of a painful father/son dating, comes a poignant and fierce cry opposed to inequality, be it among mum or dad and baby, or analyst and patient.' Erika Duncan, Novelist founding father of Herstory Writers Workshop 'In this intensely own and humane memoir Dr. Gargiulo plumbs the depths of relationships among a father and a son. now not given that Turgenev's 'Fathers and Sons' have those matters been so keenly tested and so at once held as much as scrutiny. The precepts of psychoanalytic idea introduced ahead via Gargiulo communicate to everyman during this publication that benefits a spot on one's bookshelf subsequent to the paintings of the good Russian novelist.' Norman Itzkowitz, Professor Emeritus, Princeton collage.

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Robert, and in his insights, than I felt in my formal studies or spiritual meditation practices. If the breath of life does not come from inside, it is merely a taunting possibility outside. Dr. Robert said nothing of my religious beliefs, said nothing of my impending decision. 38 Carmelite Passage He let me tell him about the journey I had been on since I was very young. I had to cry, again, for my brokenness before I could emotionally recognize how the seminary put me back together and why I had to resume the task I had left behind at Iona, of walking competently in the world.

C1955; Wedding 1963; Vicki; Connie and Paul. Top Left to Right: Theodor Reik and myself, 1969; Mother, age 88; Julia in ancestral home, Positano, Italy, 1982; Oxford, Christ Church College, 2003. Mother Earth J ulia and I married in the spring of 1964, turning April, despite T. S. Eliot’s musings, into a joyous month. A college professor of English she had her own silent sorrow having lost both of her parents while in her early twenties. She put herself through Brooklyn College at night as well as Columbia University graduate school and was, when we dated, an assistant professor at Pace University in New York City.

I was taught that the world, in the light of reason, was to be interpreted as an orderly place; all life, consequently, had a definable and knowable goal. I thought, then, that I truly believed everything I was taught. I no longer know. As I think about these Carmelite years what was as wonderful as the fellowship I experienced were the pervasive and time allotted periods of silence. Having encountered silence as a young man in 31 BROKEN FATHERS/BROKEN SONS that small chapel at Iona College, I became aware that, ever so slowly, silence itself was taking up residence within me.

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