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The Intensity of the Teacher’s Whisper can Rip your Guts out by Elliott Zaff is a realistic novel based on the author's life and his interactions with a brilliant 74-year-old professor. Canadian-born Elliot does not have a happy childhood and he comes to California as a young man for what is supposedly a short holiday. The year is 1974 and the twenty-year-old young man, just three years out of high school, does not know what to do with his life. As fate would have it, he hears about an upcoming lecture by a highly influential psychoanalyst-philosopher and decides to check it out. This will drastically change his life forever and brings him closer to the truth that is all too elusive for many of us.
Elliott Zaff's The Intensity of the Teacher’s Whisper can Rip your Guts out is a story that is both philosophical and introspective. It is about a young man's journey to find his place in the world, which can only be achieved by finding the true meaning of his existence. Meeting and working for Professor Donald is the biggest turning point in his life. A well-traveled and highly educated man, we get to learn of the professor's teachings from this book as well as the enormous influence he has on the young Elliott Zaff. And behind the twists and turns of the author's life, we get a glimpse of the human struggle that is all too familiar. The Intensity of the Teacher’s Whisper can Rip your Guts out attempts to find the answers to existential questions many of us try to answer as we, too, make our own tumultuous journeys called life.