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Myths to Live by (Condor Books) Hardcover – 1 Sep 1973

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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; First UK Edition edition (1 Sept. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 028564730X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285647305
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,990,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Campbell was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience. His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: "Follow your bliss."

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No other academic has had such a far-reaching effect on mass culture. --The Independent --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Joseph Campbell was born in New York. He is best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion but he was also a populist figure who had a lasting impact on popular culture. He died in 1987. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Gears on 1 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
Campbell explores myths and religion in such a way as to challenge our thinking and our understanding no matter what our backgrounds. An incredibly relevant and important book to help us understand the world we live in - both physically and mentally. Campbell's style is lucid and entertaining and the moments where his own personality creep in (his love of the US for instance) they only serve to make the work feel more like a dialogue between friends and less like an academic treatise. I highly recopmmend this to anyone and everyone! Indeed in the 21st Century this hold be compulsory reading in all schools and collges all over the world!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hebe on 24 Sept. 2010
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A very clearly written account of myths compared with todays happenings. Chapters start with what is going to be dealt with and at the end of the chapter how the story relates to the start of the chapter.
A clear account of oriental and occidental comparisions especially Buddism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Nov. 2012
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A penetrating review of world religions and corresponding myths. A brilliant exposition with clarity and insight.It compares the western concept of God as a seperate kingly entity as projective 'Father' who admnisters punishment and reward, to the Eastern of Gnosis - the christian 'heresy'. Jesus is seen as God in man, unique, but in the Orient God is immanent in all men, to be revealed as identification with the Divine and loss of the sense of self. But infintely more gained.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Smith on 12 Nov. 2013
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This series of essays/lectures on mythological themes is a delightful read in which Campbell's lifelong studies bear fruit in insight and understanding about who we are and our place in the scheme of things. It has not foxed with age (originally published in 1973) and with its clarity of style and thought, goes does like a great liqueur.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sally Burdyke on 30 Jun. 2014
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I really wish I had read this years ago. Clearly many of the essays have been seminal ones - and a great deal of thought and criticism has in fact had these essays in mind - but never clearly acknowledged them!!

I am really annoyed that no-one recommended I read this before now!!!

The first of these essays was written a long time ago now - but charts a path for the struggle between Islam and the West - almost as though it perceives the threat and is outlining instructions to try and deal with it!!

The language of the book is really lucid and accessible and I would really recommend that you all invest in a copy.

It will probably make sense of all the Hollywood family films you've ever watched since the 1960s......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr David Williams on 23 Mar. 2014
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Purchased as a present for my wife who is into this type of thing and she seems to enjoy it
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