The reader will undoubtedly find Morales a preposterous character. Yet there is something compelling about him. Menaker has constructed him so deftly that the reader can actually empathize with Singer’s continued involvement in the analysis. He is fiercely devoted to his patient despite being a tyrant who wants absolute control of Jake’s life. In spite of the sadomasochistic nature of their relationship, Jake somehow gets better and makes profound changes in his life. In a dust-jacket comment, Janet Malcolm, an astute commentator on psychoanalysis, notes, "I am still brooding about the mysterious, over-the-top psychoanalyst Dr. Morales, and wondering whether he is Ariel or Caliban." I share her perplexed reaction. The characterization is almost too farfetched to be a complete fiction, so one begins to imagine what sort of treatment the author himself has endured. The outcome resonates with a frequently observed clinical phenomenon—namely, that a patient can make considerable gains from a highly problematic and countertransference-ridden treatment. Attenuated sadomasochistic enactments, for example, may have undeniably therapeutic aspects to them. The mode of therapeutic action in this case may also involve what Wallerstein (R3315512CHDCJDBH) called the antitransference cure, in which the patient gets better in defiance of the therapist.