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4.0 out of 5 stars dispassionate clarification, 17 May 2013
This review is from: Jung Stripped Bare: By His Biographers, Even (Paperback)
this is *not* a biography of jung but a review of previous biographies.

shamdasani reviews the prior biographies of jung in a dispassionate manner. his research is first rate (which is very rare in this field) and his prose is lucid. the book is very short. shamdasani aims to merely point out the errors or inadequacies in prior biograhpies. this is needed, but one wonders if this really had to be a book, as opposed to, say, a series of blog posts.

as mentioned, the scholarship is much welcomed yet shamdasani also has an agenda in defending jung from charges of mysticism and the fact that almost everything about his life and thought has fallen into such a messy state where almost nothing (not the his collected works, not the popular biographies, nor his correspondance) is laid out before the public in a clear manner. to my mind, it is amply obvious that jung himself contributed to this confusion. i think shamdasani knows this as well, but yet he attemps to skirt around it, portraying the confusion as merely the work of others.

finally, i must say that the kindle version had noticeable errors of formatting and typos. nothing dramatic. but annoying.
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