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5.0 out of 5 stars Journey to the centre of [a] man, 26 Nov 2009
This review is from: The Red Book: Liber Novus (Philemon) (Hardcover)
If you are of sound mind, stout heart, and good character, join CG Jung on the most intrepid and exhilarating journey imaginable: the journey to the centre of [a] man (that is if you can pry this book from the cloying grip of the academics and fundamentalists long enough to enjoy it for what it is and have the grace to let it be just that).

Be warned: it's tough going. You'll be exposed to primordial figures that may remind you of some of your own. You'll be thrown into a bewildering desert of early-twentieth century Swiss-protestant metaphysics (heavily spiced by Goethe, Nietzsche, and assorted mythologies). You'll see some of the complexes and neuroses of a great man exposed in all their horror and occasional hilarity. You'll marvel as big ideas find their first voice in a seemingly unwilling recipient. You may even share a little of the horror and pain as Jung fails to see the joke his own psyche is playing on him, or perhaps even occasionally misses the point? Best, you'll see many symbols and wonders of the soul that, whilst being all too familiar, remain elusive, beckoning, and truly awesome to behold. Yep, it's your basic esoteric hero's journey, writ large, for all to misinterpret.

The Red Book is a beautiful, rare, and unique artefact of someone else's process. It's almost like a travel book, documenting CG's personal and idiosyncratic journey across the great undiscovered country within. Like its author, it's a book that will draw out and amplify each reader's deep psychological prejudices (you may have already glimpsed some of mine). And it reveals that author and his psychology in a way his [or anyone else's] more conventional works never have.

If you love exploring the human soul, I'd be surprised if you didn't find this the most fascinating, exasperating and incredible book you've ever read, as I have. Enjoy, but be warned: you may loose some sleep over it!

PS: As befits the subject, the standard of scholarship and presentation of this book is exhaustive, exhausting, and without parallel.
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Initial post: 26 Feb 2010 17:42:08 GMT
How was this put together so fast? i thought it was only taken out of the safe a few months ago? and why is it not normal hard cover price, in fact why hasn't it gone straight to paperback,. sorry I'll have to wait until the greedy have stuffed their pockets and they decide to sell it to the plebs aswell.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2010 22:15:24 BDT
Monk says:
M.R Thompson. You are clearly, to use your own terminology, 'A Pleb' and also, potentially, deeply 'primeval' to boot!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2011 16:22:10 GMT
pegasus says:
Its huge and has amazing pictures which explain the cost. Its quite different from normal books. LS

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2011 03:50:33 GMT
Peter FYFE says:
It's worth nothing this book includes a full size "art quality" reproduction of the Red Book. It's printed and bound to the highest art reproduction standards on beautiful paper. It's one of the most handsome books you'll ever see... and that's before you even open it!

It didn't appear overnight. Shamdasani worked on the translation and scholarly apparatus (as they call it) for some years, before it was all peer reviewed and carefully edited. It's about as thorough a job as you'll see.

I'm not sure anyone's lining their pockets - a considerable amount of philanthropy and generosity was required to make the publication possible.

I suspect any pleb with an open heart or a curious mind will be in awe of (and think nothing of the reasonable price)... but probably not those who rarely venture beyond the blurt and click. :)

Posted on 29 Nov 2012 13:47:57 GMT
raw guru says:
what a beautiful review, very well-said and written. I can't wait to explore this book

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2012 21:27:12 GMT
Peter FYFE says:
You may need some weeks for this adventure (I spent 4 weeks full time) and you may need to devise some cunning ways of propping this remarkable but unwieldy tome up as you peruse. However I'm reasonably confident your endeavor will be rewarded. Enjoy!

Posted on 6 Jan 2013 15:11:50 GMT
thanks - just wondering if I ought to plough my way thru it along with all my colleagues! But feeling like it may take some time....... cheers
Elise Wardle MA MBACP (Accred.) (Jungian psychotherapist)
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