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Sprengnether, M. (2015). The Parts Left Out: A Novel by Thomas H. Ogden Karnac, London, 2014; 197 pp; £9.99. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 96(1):247-250.

(2015). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 96(1):247-250

The Parts Left Out: A Novel by Thomas H. Ogden Karnac, London, 2014; 197 pp; £9.99

Review by:
Madelon Sprengnether

For those who have followed the career of psychoanalyst Thomas H. Ogden, it will come as no surprise that he has published a novel. Its subject, though, may offer a bit of a shock: violent death in the wheat fields of Kansas. Ogden, who makes frequent reference in his psychoanalytic writings to works of literature (most often to poetry), takes a leap in another direction in his debut novel, which explores the inner and outer lives of a woman who harasses her thumb-sucking preadolescent son, her husband who (intentionally or unintentionally) kills her, and their two intelligently bewildered children.

The novel begins with a false sense of calm, reminiscent of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. Ogden writes:

The road out to the Bronfman farm in late August is no different from thousands of other roads to grain farms in Kansas - hard-baked dirt dusted with a fine powder of yellow clay that shifts almost imperceptibly with the slightest movement of the air.


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