- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc; 1st DaCapo Press Ed edition (7 July 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306813769
- ISBN-13: 978-0306813764
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Iron John: : " A Book About Men " : Paperback – 7 Jul 2004
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"This book needs to be read, I believe, not as a dry work of scholarship to be judged coolly by the mind, but as the work of a poet struggling to convey an emotional experience and lead us to what he has found within himself" (Guardian)
"Eclectic and unclassifiable. Iron John is a work whose mentors are the prophetic poets and crazies, William Blake and Walt Whitman " (Sydney Morning Herald)
"Important. timely. and powerful" (New York Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The hugely influential international bestseller which has been acclaimed as the male equivalent of The Female Eunuch --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Lent to me by a single Mum in her 30's, she read this for insight into how her son (2 years old) needs to be positively influenced by strong mentor males. I feel this book can help give understanding to any male-female relationships (same age, son/mother, daughter/father, etc).
Not meant as an excuse to act 'macho' (which has negative connotations these days); instead this text guides Men on how to be Men whilst still maintaining all the other communication and caring skills learned of our time!
Buy it for your teenager, whether girl or boy: its about where they are at now, they will be pulled in.
Actually I think Bly goes wrong right at the start of his fable. The 'golden ball', the secret of a whole life, is not found in the world of grown-up masculinity or femininity; those are only substitutes and distractions, albeit necessary ones for the continuation of the species. Mistaking them for the goal is like thinking your day job is your entire life. No, it's in something we already have before all that, lose sight of (most of us) in puberty, and may have a chance to recover in later life. It follows that, for the menopausal men who are likely to read this book, 'getting in touch with the Wild Man' is not the answer; they should be looking for something far beyond that. Bly mentions Enkidu in the Gilgamesh story - but doesn't seem to notice that his role is not to stay a Wild Man in the woods, but to go to the City and join Gilgamesh in his quest for meaning.
In fact the main value of this is maybe not so much to help grownups evaluate their own lives, as to make them think about how they deal with any young lads they may be responsible for.Read more ›
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A wonderful book.
I've recommended this to many other men, and have had lots of positive feedback. Read more
Very esoteric and vague references to mythology, becomes quite unreadable at times. Was expecting morePublished 3 months ago by Mustafa Tahir
An American writer, so does make reference to American men and says that he finds European men have a better cultural experience. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Penelope
a classic which should be read in anyone interested in the way masculinity has striven to escape from crisisPublished 9 months ago by Elsa Machado
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