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Brilliant - or incomprehensible?,
This review is from: The Red Book: A Reader's Edition (Philemon) (Imitation Leather)
I have read the Readers Edition and as noted elsewhere it is a very attractively published book which is much easier to handle than the full size book.
I have been reading this book in two ways. Firstly, quietly to myself and the second as part of a reading group where we take it in turns to read sections out aloud. As part of the reading group, I find the material produces a meditative even sacred atmosphere which I value. However when I read it alone, I find large parts of it completely incomprehensible.
This is because there are essentially two styles that the narrative is presented in. In the first, Jung relates his journeys within the unconscious and these have the feel of fantastical dreams, full of archetypes and imagery which are fascinating to read. Then, in his second style of narrative, he presents his thoughts, musings and elaborations on these journeys and these are incomprehensible and extremely difficult to read. Indeed in one part of the book it states that they are deliberately ambiguous in order to promote thought about them. I find this pointless -there are much easier things to read that are thought provoking and a better way of spending time. I don't really like to say that but it feels to me that the sheer incomprehensibility is the elephant in the room that nobody dares mention -we can't criticise the great Jung. However, as mentioned above I have enjoyed reading it as part of a group.