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A work of pure genius!,
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This review is from: The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Bollingen) (Paperback)
The key to understanding this classic book, and getting the most from it, is to realise that it's actually all about YOU. Campbell wrote it for YOU. Just think about the title for a start. YOU are the hero and your hero's journey is all about finding your inner life, your divine spark, and being engulfed and re-born out of it. This is what all the world's great hero myths were really talking about, symbolically, and Campbell brilliantly draws together the universal themes and parallels running through all the world's mystical and religious traditions, all of which were concerned (when understood metaphorically instead of literally) with this marvellous "death and resurrection" of the human psyche - from human animal to divine incarnation. It's a heroic deed which we all have the potential to achieve, and this book vibrantly and beautifully recollects many anicent stories that have drawn Mankind's imagination toward this very real transformation, through the use of the oldest and best means at our disposal - symbolic storytelling. This book is not just for the student or teacher of mythology or comparative religion, it's for everyone on the spiritual path. In fact, this book speaks directly to you wherever you are right now in life, whether on that path or not. Simply brilliant, and possibly the most important book of the 20th century. Even the full five star rating is not enough!
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Initial post: 1 Sep 2008 08:54:34 BDT
Your review gives a fantastic perspective, thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2010 21:58:15 GMT
Marc John says:
Thanks, try my book The Ex-Seeker x
Posted on 26 Feb 2012 10:36:19 GMT
S. Allison says:
Crikey!, just been flicking through the reviewers interesting reviews on this kind of topic (I say as a broad sweeping statement) and this does come across as a must read title... will need to check it out- thanks (and for the interesting perspectives in the other reviews
Posted on 7 Aug 2015 21:54:21 BDT
Excellent review, sounds as though this work is far deeper than I'd initially gauged from the synopsis. I'm sold! Thanks.
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