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5.0 out of 5 stars A look into the abyss - and how easy it is to fall in, 9 Aug. 2006
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Mike L (Norwich, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales (A C.G. Jung Foundation Book) (Paperback)
Marie Louise von Franz, one of Jung's most famous followers, is known for making his work more accessible. In this vein, this is not an academic treatise, but a revealing manual of the ways in which people can fall into evil. The chapter on possession is especially interesting. von Franz also discusses the difference between morals and the demands of the Self with great clarity. A remarkable and insightful book which is not nearly as far away from our own world as we might think.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A tale in two halves, 18 Aug. 2010
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M. Lawton (TWells, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book is divided into two halves, reflecting the two concepts referred to in the title and as such they virtually operate as separate books. The first about the Shadow is the less interesting of the two. As the Shadow represents anything that has not yet been brought into consciousness, it's difficult to make too many definitive statements about it and consequently MLVF has trouble in knowing what to focus on. She is never a dull writer but even her anecdotal powers cannot entirely redeem the somewhat amorphous material she is dealing with.

No such problems exist when she writes about evil. There is a far greater consensus on what constitutes evil and whilst we might struggle to define it satisfactorily, we usually know it when we see it. MLVF is in inspired form in this section and it makes for a cracking read. Some vivid and unusual fairy tales mixed with her powerful insights and interesting anecdotes.

If the first half had been as good as the second I'd have given a 5 star rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing look at not so simple fairytales, 4 Nov. 2013
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Fairytales is a catchall word for old stories from the
oral tradition with very dark and hidden meanings.
A study of these stories can throw light on human
desires and the forces within ourselves that make
links across time and across cultures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psychology, 17 Feb. 2013
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Present to my granddaughter who is doing a special project on Jung/Fairy tales for her first 6th form year. She is appreciating this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars full of wisdom, 9 Feb. 2013
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full of wisdom, liked the section on evil more than the section on the shadow. devoured the book in a week
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Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales (A C.G. Jung Foundation Book) by Marie-Louise Von Franz (Paperback - 31 Mar. 1995)
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