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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent description of many women's lives, 25 Jun. 2004
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This book is an accessible and easy to read description of a place many contemporary women find themselves in. Murdoch talks about how we separate from our mothers to take on the values of our fathers and our patriarchal society. We become women who are outwardly successful but something is missing - we are cut off from our feminine side. The book describes the journey to re-connect to the "deep feminine", heal the relationship with the mother, and integrate the feminine with the masculine.
I found this book really useful - it illuminated and clarified what was happening to me, and I recognised myself in many of the descriptions. Murdoch quotes freely from many sources and the overall approach could be described as "feminist Jungian", (but don't let that put you off)!
The book is easy to read and covers a broad canvas, so doesn't go as deep as some of the books it draws from, but is a really good introduction to the material (if you want to go deeper the references are there).
My only caveat is that this book describes a particular kind of woman, and not all women will identify with all of it. But if you are a successful woman in your thirties, forties, fifties, sixties and you feel that despite your success, something is missing or wrong, then you may find that it is just the thing.
I think it is great. I have recommended it to friends who have also loved it.
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Initial post: 16 Feb 2008 16:46:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Feb 2008 16:47:13 GMT
C May says:
Your caveat is interesting, could I ask, how are you defining success here? Are you talking about professional success ?
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