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The Red Book: A Reader's Edition (Philemon) [Imitation Leather]

C. G. Jung , Sonu Shamdasani , John Peck , Mark Kyburz
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23 Nov 2012 Philemon
The Red Book (ISBN 978 0 393 06567 1), published to wide acclaim in 2009, contains the nucleus of C.G. Jung's later works. It was here that he developed his theories that would transform psychotherapy from treatment of the sick into a means for the higher development of the personality. As Sara Corbett wrote in The New York Times, "The creation of one of modern history's true visionaries, The Red Book is a singular work, outside of transcends the history of psychoanalysis and underscores Jung's place among revolutionary thinkers like Marx, Orwell and, of course, Freud." The Red Book: A Reader's Edition features Sonu Shamdasani's introductory essay and the full translation of Jung's vital work in one volume.

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  • Imitation Leather: 600 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (23 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393089088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393089080
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book is a remarkable blend of calligraphy and art; an illuminated manuscript that bears comparison with The Book of Kells and William Blake." "It's true importance, however, will be to the western intellectual tradition as a whole." New Scientist "...a magnificent facsimile edition.." Salley Vickers, The Times "Now edited by Sonu Shamdasani, this is an exquisite facsimile. Jung's pioneering work on dreams and associative creativity comes to fulfilment in this intensely personal and revelatory study." --Classics Christmas Round-up 2009 The Times

About the Author

Sonu Shamdasani is a pre-eminent Jung historian at University College London and the author of C.G. Jung: A Biography in Books (ISBN 978 0 393 07367 6).

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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NOTE: This a review of the READER'S edition - and the Reader's Edition DOES NOT include the facsimile images (art and calligraphy) of the original "Red Book: Liber Novus." I suspect many of those who ordered the book unaware of this will be surprised and disappointed. This distinction was not made clear in Amazon pre-publication information. If you wish to see the original book in all its visual glory, pay the price and order the complete folio-sized facsimile edition.

So, why then publish, and why purchase, a "Reader's Edition"? Why is the this edition important, even essential?

Because the text of "Liber Novus" (as Jung formally titled his "Red Book") is really more important than the art. Jung experienced and recorded his visions and then composed his draft manuscript of Liber Novus before beginning on the art. The art and calligraphy came later, they were composed over the following 16 years or so. The text - compiled principally between 1914 and 1915, with a last section added in 1917 - is Jung's primary record of his extraordinary odyssey across the threshold of consciousness, and into the heart of mythopoetic vision. As he said: "This inner world is truly infinite, in no way poorer than the outer one. Man lives in two worlds." This is the journal of Jung's exploration of the inner world - and it ranks as one of the most important journeys of exploration in the record of human exploration. Dr. Shamdasani, who spent thirteen years editing Liber Novus for publication, has strongly suggested that one should read the text before even looking at the images. I agree.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mostly about The Readers Version 10 Jan 2013
By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Many of the reviews of this volume appear to have been lifted from the full version of Jung's Red Book, which was published a couple of years ago. My own review concerns mainly the Reader's Edition mentioned above. However, I borrowed the earlier publication from my local library, so will make comparisons that are hopefully helpful for people deciding which to buy, or both.

The Red Book by Jung, Carl Gustav(Author)Hardcover is a beautifully produced facsimile of writings, drawings and journals that Jung transcribed from his dreams and fantasies at a time described as his "confrontation with the unconscious" in Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Flamingo). These are all beautifully presented and have the look of a Medieval book transcribed by monks, printed on quality paper. There are also introductions, translations and notes on the text by the editors.

Yet, for all the beauty and care putting this book out, it probably always will be a specialist's book. Firstly because of the price- though sales suggest this has been less of a problem for Jung enthusiasts. The main problem is more practical. The volume is slightly larger than A3 size which makes it cumbersome and physically difficult to read, apart from on a large lectern or table. This also makes cross-reading the pages containing translations, and looking at notes and the introduction difficult. After borrowing it, though fascinated, I decided not to buy this edition for that reason.

The arrival of this Readers Edition changes matters.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Having seen the wonderful illustrated edition, admittedly somewhat oversized, I believed that the 'Reader's edition' would be a more compact edition of the same work (especially given the price). However, nothing could be further from the truth. The book, despite the handsome cover is merely the text and completely diminishes the pleasure of exploring Jung's creation in presenting nothing but the text. What made Jung's original work exciting for the scholar and the reader was and is the beautiful illustrations in bright colours by Jung himself. A symbiotic relationship was presented between the glorious illustrations, almost like a 20th century illuminated manuscript, and the text. Instead the 'Reader's edition' is simply dry text without the pleasurable distraction and journey into Jung's mind and psyche to enhance the growth and understanding of the reader.

Disappointing for any readers hoping for a pocket edition to enjoy in all it's glory but on a reduced scale. Instead readers are no longer treated, but will be very sorely let down and will only experience a fraction of the pleasure of the larger, more beautiful edition which has received so many glowing reviews, here and elsewhere.

Avoid disappointment, and avoid this edition! It simply is not the same without the vivid colours and designs lending, rather than detracting, from the wonder that was Carl Jung.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic-beautiful! 12 April 2013
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I chose to buy this because the real big red book is more like a collectors edition and it is literally too big to read. I am studying this exact copy of the big book and digesting the material slowly like a good meal or banquet. It might take the rest of my life and more lives to come to fully understand this work. It is truly a book that keeps on giving.
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Published 2 months ago by Annabritt J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have this book in their library
Not for the faint hearted as it demands total concentration and dedication. This is Jung at his best. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Persephone
5.0 out of 5 stars The inner Jung
If you really want to get an insight into the genius that was Jung this is the book to read.
Published 4 months ago by Mr C Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent vade mecum
Go back to the 1980's and it seemed that we had a complete and comprehensive edition of Jjung' works, ably edited and co-ordinated by R C Hull. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. McGuire
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Soo i'm told.
I got it has a present for a friend of mine and he told me that he loved it.
Published 6 months ago by Hugo Miguel Barata Mariano
5.0 out of 5 stars One to come back to over and over
Even though the readers edition didnt contain pictures which i made up for by referring to the online source, this is book is a brilliant view into the depths of a brilliant mind. Read more
Published 8 months ago by L. R. Noor
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - or incomprehensible?
I have read the Readers Edition and as noted elsewhere it is a very attractively published book which is much easier to handle than the full size book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
Brought this book for my son he Love this book and it put a smile on my face as it was a really good price
Published 10 months ago by susan binns
4.0 out of 5 stars A great addition
I purchased a copy of the full sized version of this book which has all of the pictures in full colour (which this book does not) and it is a treasured possession. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Peter Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book should be, sumptuous.
The work itself is iconic ( and perhaps Divine in origin) and no reviewer needed for the content, which would be presumptuous. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. P. A. Rees
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