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From Publishers Weekly
Folklore, fairy tales and dream symbols are called on to help restore women's neglected intuitive and instinctive abilities in this earthy first book by a Jungian analyst. According to Estes, wolves and women share a psychic bond in their fierceness, grace and devotion to mate and community. This comparison defines the archetype of the Wild Woman, a female in touch with her primitive side and able to rely on gut feelings to make choices. The tales here, from various cultures, are not necessarily about wolves; instead, they illuminate fresh perspectives on relationships, self-image, even addiction. An African tale of twins who baffle a man represents the dual nature of woman; from the Middle East, a story about a threadbare but secretly magic carpet shows society's failure to look beyond appearances. Three brief, ribald stories advocate a playful, open sexuality; other examples suggest ways to deal with anger and jealousy. At times, Estes's commentary--in which she urges readers to draw upon and enjoy their Wild Woman aspects--is hyperbolic, but overall her widely researched study offers usable advice for modern women. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
this book is my go to staple to feed my female soul. if anyone can get it right and deep it is Clarissa. to me, she is like the female version of Joseph Campbell. she totally unfolds the female archetypal characters and souls. if you want a book with meat and bones that talks about the issues of the female character and her relationships with other women ... within her family ... who betray her or abuse her, abandon her or neglect her ... and you have had that happen to you and you need a healing through profound understanding ... then get this book, read it and reread it and digest every bit of hit because there is nothing but soul food in here! thank heaven, God and angels for Clarissa. she is a national jewel and anything she creates speaks to me and i think it will speak to you as well.
This is the book I return to for wisdom and guidance, that I quote to explain life lessons to friends and grandchildren, that I understand better and differently whatever age I am when I reread it, starting at 38 up til now when I am 67. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, a Jungian analyst and storyteller with a tradition of women storytellers on both sides of her family, tells the original versions of fairy tales and folk tales from around the world and then meticulously, exquisitely exposes the deep hidden archetypal meaning hiding within. From love to anger to finding and learning to trust our wild wisdom, she covers every aspect of women's lives. I buy spare copies whenever I find them to have on hand to give out whenever I find a receptive soul.
I am so excited to get this book! About 6 years ago, I bought the paperback, which is WORTHLESS. Tiny type, small sized pages, very hard to read. I finally decided to get the hardcover. $7, excellent condition, very easy to read, text doesn't flow too close to gutter (the center), type is larger, good line spacing, very readable!
I initially read much of this from library book. LOVE it. Life changing. Wonderfully written with thorough research. Dr Pinkola Estes is a fabulous storyteller. This book has inspired so many women. I look forward to re-reading and this time, finishing the book.
I started review with hardcover because if you want to enjoy this book, get the hardback!! So worth it.
While the book itself is excellent. The audiobook is not even close to the full book I am very disappointed. It's only 2 hours long and contains only brief points through out the book. The book is over 500 pages long. This audiobook does an injustice to what a fabulous book this is.
I am still enjoying this book. The stories in it really resonates with me. I had stopped reading it for a couple of months after finishing a story when I had a break down about my life. I had started reading the book again to take my mind off of things and the next story, "The Red Shoes" touched a lot on what I am experiencing. Feeling a need to escape and get to a life that is happier/soulful. The Ugly Duckling is also one of my favorite stories in this book. The way the author takes the symbols and decode the meaning and themes of these stories is amazing. As kids hearing these fairy tales we'd never know that there was a deeper meaning to them. As adults they mean so much more.
She speaks to my ancient old soul. My feminine divine healing mama goddess just wants to step in to this book occasionally like Superman goes to his Fortress of Solitude. Its healing, her words are so relevant and speaks to me. I mean, its so well written in my opinion, and I do enjoy it. I think you would too! my soul certainly shines when I re-read any chapter and I always go back to the ducks and the swan and suddenly I feel right at home just being me again!
I have read this book several times...it has many folklore tales from many countries. They are messages for women, but I suspect men could also find this book valuable for the tales always involve a male or masculine figure in the story. I have given this book to women of all generations. It is not a book you need to read from beginning to end, you can start anywhere in the book. The stories resonate with your own experiences and life history at different phases of maturity and development of mind body and spirit.
I read this book many years ago, and really enjoyed it. However, the paperback copy has TINY print. These middle aged eyes just can't read it. I'd recommend you buy the hardcover version or the kindle version. I will be donating this to my local library.