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Too much of the author for me...
on January 23, 2016
After finally buying this book, which had been sitting in my wish list for over a year, I find myself disappointed in what I imagined it to be a more objective account of the ideas of these two men. The problem is not either subject, both fascinating intellects who continued to share great wisdom in their later years, but the author himself. Serrano superimposes his ideas over those of his idols to an almost annoying degree. The diaristic style of writing lends too much of his ego into the "interviews". This is particularly glaring in the Hesse section of the book. Despite this, I can't help giving the book at least 3 stars because of the intimacy of the meetings presented. It's really a treat to be welcomed into the homes and inner lives of these men who at this point seem like mythical figures. Though Serrano does romanticize his subjects and completely skirts over their flaws, it is still enjoyable to gain access to their circle through this book. I would recommend renting it from the library rather than buying it as a previous reviewer suggested. Hesse fans should also know that his portion is significantly shorter than the Jung portion and leaves a lot to be desired.