Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Joseph Campbell - The Hero With a Thousand Faces

"I do not 'do' mythology."

"If you are interested in the monomyth/hero myth, 'Making a Good Script Great' thought me the same things in just two pages."

"Guy would've seriously benefited from a skilled editing team."

"A good book if you want to see how one might become mired in superstition in any of a dozen different cultures. Books like this stand in the way of human progress by summoning up excuses from the past that purport to 'explain' the trials of tribulations of our lives, rather than giving us true power to overcome our limitations.

This book worships inferority and patheticness. It left a horrible feeling in my stomach."

"The book began to irritate me. Every single time it quoted the Bible, it missed the point. Instead of talking about heroic ideals through the ages, Mr. Campbell drew on Freud and his own mindset to interpret random myths as he saw them. Then, he dropped the straw on the camel's back. I came to a section entitled 'Apotheosis,' and the book completely derailed from its topic to sing the praises of the aforementioned Eastern religions."

"My second problem is the unusual nature of the myths that Mr. Campbell uses. They are quite often Native American, Indian or Chinese myths that would be unfamiliar to anyone but a specialist in the field. Yes, it is good that he showed good things about other cultures, but it is bad that this interfered with what was supposed to be his main thesis."

"I tried. Way to philosphical. I was expecting a brief narrative on several heroes but turned into what was wrong with each one and how to apply it to the author's own theories."

"Too theoretical."

"Too much like a textbook about something I have no interest in....yawn!"

"Where it falls down is when it attempts to combine 'modern' psychology, psychoanalysis, and dream interpretation to mythology. If these sections had been excised the overall work would have been much improved."


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