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This ninth volume of Campbell's previously unpublished material deftly marries his sweeping grasp of myths with the needs of contemporary people looking for meaning and inspiration. Expert editor and seasoned Campbell authority David Kudler makes the mythic-stature-mythicist come alive again. Fans will recognize Campbell's comforting cadence and intimacy, conveyed by use of the second person and by his masterful storytelling. Campbell realized he was essentially saying the same things over more than two decades. As such, this volume breaks no new ground, but does give explicit directions for identifying and connecting oneself to a meaningful mythic overview, unbounded by specific cultures or historical facts. Campbell gives adequate coverage to the historical development of myth as it pertains to the individual, especially through the eyes of Jung. The final chapter, a distilled jewel of the hero's journey mono-myth that Campbell made famous, is followed by "Dialogue," several pages of conversation between Campbell and anonymous people, exploring the application of gender differences to the hero's journey. Campbell assesses life now as pathless: "We are in a sort of free fall into the future." He is, however, perennially hopeful that if we discover our own mythological underpinnings, carried on the wings of artists and poets, we can find our way to individual bliss. This is a fine volume for old friends and new followers.
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If you followed the television series with Bill Moyers or have read any of Campbell's books, this book presents a new look at some of his ideas and a clearer picture of how to interpret myths for your own journey. --Bayswater Books
Wonderful insight into the essential Joseph Campbell... a guidebook for finding one's own inner hero or heroine, and for finding the guts to listen to one's own story. --Bloomsbury Review
Campbell's depth and insight was very thought provoking. My first Campbell book. Long time over due. Read morePublished 9 days ago by larry m shrier
Joseph Campbell is a wonderful writer and definitely has changed a lot of my thinking and I have learned so much from him.Published 4 months ago by Carol Ann
A beautiful book on how to attain what you need. I love how he makes the attainment of such ideals sound reachable. I am reaching now!!Published 4 months ago by MissKittyDee
One of the best books that needs to be read for personal development, easy to read, thank you Joseph Campell.Published 7 months ago by Lana E.
Joseph Campbell is a writer with no comparison. He has opened my eyes in so many occasions and expanded my mind to question my beliefs. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alexandra Alexander