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The Hero with A Thousand Faces (Collected Works of Joseph Campbell) (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell) Hardcover – 23 Apr 2012
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A brilliant examination, through ancient hero myths, of man s eternal struggle for identity. --Time
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Despite their infinite variety of incident, setting, and number costume, the myths of the world offer only a limited number of responses to the riddle of life.
In this fascinating and influential book, Joseph Campbell presents the composite hero. Apollo, the Frog King of the fairy tale, Wotan, the Buddha., and numerous other protagonists of folklore and religion enact simultaneously the various phases of their common story.
The relationship of their timeless symbols to those discovered in dream by contemporary depth psychology is taken as a starting point for interpretation. The psychological view is then compared with the words of such spiritual leaders as Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Lao-tse, and the 'Old Man' of the Australian tribes. From behind a thousand faces the single hero looks out, archetype of all human myth.
"Campbell's words carry extraordinary weight, not only among scholars but a wide range of other people who find his search down mythical pathways relevant to their lives today."
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on 1 November 2017
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Fantastic book, recommend for anyone interested in story writing. Especially for university students.
on 22 August 2017
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Good condition. The writing style is a bit laborious, and the structure is difficult to follow at times without the use of breaking up chapters with topics/themes and headings. But Joseph Campbell's writing style is both academic and poetic. A brilliant mind and spirit.
on 10 November 2017
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
One of the best book in centuries on this topic - if not the best. Not only because if the content - it might be a bit outdated today, but because of the way it is written. It is a remarkable experience to read something that makes you learn.
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im still not sure its the right book it talks of myths and legends and stories we are taught and this is supposed to be our psychic inner self that governs our lives
Product and delivery as expected. Very good service. Recommend
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