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The Red Book: A Reader's Edition: A Reader's Edition (Philemon) by [Jung, C. G.]
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About the Author

Sonu Shamdasani is a pre-eminent Jung historian at University College London and the author of C.G. Jung: A Biography in Books (ISBN 978 0 393 07367 6).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1094 KB
  • Print Length: 600 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (17 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FEIHM2M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
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NOTE: This a review of the READER'S edition - and the Reader's Edition DOES NOT include the facsimile images (art and calligraphy) of the original "Red Book: Liber Novus." I suspect many of those who ordered the book unaware of this will be surprised and disappointed. This distinction was not made clear in Amazon pre-publication information. If you wish to see the original book in all its visual glory, pay the price and order the complete folio-sized facsimile edition.

So, why then publish, and why purchase, a "Reader's Edition"? Why is the this edition important, even essential?

Because the text of "Liber Novus" (as Jung formally titled his "Red Book") is really more important than the art. Jung experienced and recorded his visions and then composed his draft manuscript of Liber Novus before beginning on the art. The art and calligraphy came later, they were composed over the following 16 years or so. The text - compiled principally between 1914 and 1915, with a last section added in 1917 - is Jung's primary record of his extraordinary odyssey across the threshold of consciousness, and into the heart of mythopoetic vision. As he said: "This inner world is truly infinite, in no way poorer than the outer one. Man lives in two worlds." This is the journal of Jung's exploration of the inner world - and it ranks as one of the most important journeys of exploration in the record of human exploration. Dr. Shamdasani, who spent thirteen years editing Liber Novus for publication, has strongly suggested that one should read the text before even looking at the images. I agree.
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Many of the reviews of this volume appear to have been lifted from the full version of Jung's Red Book, which was published a couple of years ago. My own review concerns mainly the Reader's Edition mentioned above. However, I borrowed the earlier publication from my local library, so will make comparisons that are hopefully helpful for people deciding which to buy, or both.

The Red Book by Jung, Carl Gustav(Author)Hardcover is a beautifully produced facsimile of writings, drawings and journals that Jung transcribed from his dreams and fantasies at a time described as his "confrontation with the unconscious" in Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Flamingo). These are all beautifully presented and have the look of a Medieval book transcribed by monks, printed on quality paper. There are also introductions, translations and notes on the text by the editors.

Yet, for all the beauty and care putting this book out, it probably always will be a specialist's book. Firstly because of the price- though sales suggest this has been less of a problem for Jung enthusiasts. The other main problem is one of practicality. The volume is slightly larger than A3 size and possibly 2 inches/ 5 centimeters (approx) thick which makes it cumbersome and physically difficult to read, apart from on a large lectern or table. It also makes cross-reading the pages containing translations, and looking at notes and the introduction difficult. After borrowing it, I decided not to buy this edition for that reason , though remained fascinated,.
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Having seen the wonderful illustrated edition, admittedly somewhat oversized, I believed that the 'Reader's edition' would be a more compact edition of the same work (especially given the price). However, nothing could be further from the truth. The book, despite the handsome cover is merely the text and completely diminishes the pleasure of exploring Jung's creation in presenting nothing but the text. What made Jung's original work exciting for the scholar and the reader was and is the beautiful illustrations in bright colours by Jung himself. A symbiotic relationship was presented between the glorious illustrations, almost like a 20th century illuminated manuscript, and the text. Instead the 'Reader's edition' is simply dry text without the pleasurable distraction and journey into Jung's mind and psyche to enhance the growth and understanding of the reader.

Disappointing for any readers hoping for a pocket edition to enjoy in all it's glory but on a reduced scale. Instead readers are no longer treated, but will be very sorely let down and will only experience a fraction of the pleasure of the larger, more beautiful edition which has received so many glowing reviews, here and elsewhere.

Avoid disappointment, and avoid this edition! It simply is not the same without the vivid colours and designs lending, rather than detracting, from the wonder that was Carl Jung.
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I chose to buy this because the real big red book is more like a collectors edition and it is literally too big to read. I am studying this exact copy of the big book and digesting the material slowly like a good meal or banquet. It might take the rest of my life and more lives to come to fully understand this work. It is truly a book that keeps on giving.
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