- Hardcover: 704 pages
- Publisher: Arcade Publishing; 1 edition (June 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161145462X
- ISBN-13: 978-1611454628
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As we might expect from the biography of the man who encouraged us to read our own lives backwards (in his 1996 book "The Soul's Code"), Hillman and his biographer interpret this story of a life in the terms of the soul-making world view that emerges from it. We see key moments in Hillman's life and how they influenced Hillman's thinking and awakened him to his daemon's hand. It's theory bought to life by the story of a life.
The book covers the first half of Hillman's life from its ancestral beginnings in 1926 to his departure from Zurich in 1967 under a cloud but not in one. This gives its subject time to grow down [sic!] in the boardwalk empire of Atlantic city, serve in the army, stumble around the world, land in Zurich and train as a Jungian analyst, write some books and give some lectures that upset the old guard, get himself in trouble, and emerge with the foundations of an archetypal psychology, his calling, tantalisingly in place but not yet fully realised.
Whether psychologist, Hillmaniac, myth maker, soul seeker, or just lover of a good story, there's something for you in this tale of a life well told. I expect you'll have trouble putting it down, as I did, and will join me in urging its author to hurry up with the sequel!
PS: Given the subject's love of the aesthetic, I find it ironic that the physical object of this book is so ugly: Commercially set for maximum page count and printed on nasty paper (with no acid-free assertion), compare it to the beautiful Hillman Uniform Edition... and weep.
Maybe you had to be a real Hillmaniac to find every page so satisfying and edifying. I knew JH for many decades but there was so much here that we rarely discussed except in a round-about way and for that I am sad. Because?
Because we had so much more in common than we ever uncovered and because he was even greater than I knew--working for the blind in the army, living in a sanitarium when he developed TB, reading "The Magic Mountain", living in Paris post-war, his long first marriage, the way he was so vilified by the CJ Jung analysts and on and on. How much did I love this book?
I listened to it three times on audible.com; read it online via computer and finally bought a copy of the book by which time, I had more than not, memorized it.
We spend many hours together and he did appreciate our friendship but we never discussed so much of his childhood which bizarrely was uncannily not unlike mine. I miss JH all the time but this book was just great and so a little more of him lives us for we who miss him so. W. Orange