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Brilliant food for thoughts, but perhaps not the ideal introduction, 19 Jan 2011
As another reviewer mentioned, this book does assume familiarity with some of Jung's work. A quick trip to wikipedia after each chapter may help put the essays in context, or help with some of the mythological references and allusions that Jung makes. (My mythology was a little bit rusty :-)
This book does not cleanly delineate his major theories and works, and instead is split into four chapters, each dealing with four key archetypes (Mother, Rebirth, Trickster, and Spirit). Those looking for a global perspective on his works may wish to purchase another book.
But do not let this deter you! It was for me an introduction to Jung, and I was struck deeply by his insight. Jung, more than any author that I have encountered, drives straight to the core of what makes us... us. His work is enlightening, and encourages introspection and personal reflection.
The style is informal (it's not a textbook.) and, while not casually, easily read.
Food for thoughts of the best kind that I have yet encountered.