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Hero With A Thousand faces Hardcover – 1 June 2012
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-- Bill Moyers "In the three decades since I discovered The Hero with a Thousand Faces, it has continued to fascinate and inspire me. Joseph Campbell peers through centuries and shows us that we are all connected by a basic need to hear stories and understand ourselves. As a book, it is wonderful to read; as illumination into the human condition, it is a revelation."
-- George Lucas "Campbell's words carry extraordinary weight, not only among scholars but among a wide range of other people who find his search down mythological pathways relevant to their lives today....The book for which he is most famous, The Hero with a Thousand Faces [is] a brilliant examination, through ancient hero myths, of man's eternal struggle for identity."
-- Time "In the long run, the most influential book of the twentieth century may turn out to be Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces."
-- Christopher Vogler
- Publisher : New World Library; 3rd ed. edition (1 June 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1577315936
- ISBN-13 : 978-1577315933
- Best Sellers Rank: 7,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hero with a Thousand Faces is probably one of his most well-known works. In it he draws from myth and legend, the stories of the ancients, the Vedas, and verses from the bible and unpacks them in his unique way, showing us the underlying similarities each contains and uses them to describe the Hero’s Journey. A process in which an adventure is called to action, and goes through a series of challenges, and eventually returns home with his or her “treasure”. I can expand on this but its probably easier to watch a video on Youtube.
If I’m completely honest I really struggled to get through this. I do not doubt that this isn't a brilliant book and Joseph’s concept has influenced all matter of individuals from songwriters, to movie producers to fellow authors. His work was truly groundbreaking for its time. But boy did I struggle, however I think that's more on me, I’ve always struggled with maintaining interest in myth and legend, ironic considering I’m fascinated by ancient Egypt. It also probably doesn't help that it was written 70+ years ago and how we speak has changed a lot since then. Then is no denying the importance of this book, and I'm glad I read it, but I for those interested it might be best to watch his Netflix series which was produced in the late 80s just before he passed away.
I mean no disrespect to Joseph Campbell, I'm most likely just not intellectual enough to understand where he is coming from. And infact I am going to read Joesph Campbell on his Life and Work, a spin off of the documentary on Nelflix, as it was written much later and I still wish to learn more about his ideas. Funnily enough I actually found that on the side of the road while reading The Hero with a Thousand Faces, and its an old library book from Austin, TX, complete with classroom purchase orders for pizza, airline tickets, and old car hire receipts which are almost 20 years old.
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The most immediate takeaway from this book is in fact the similarity in the original message behind any religion or ritual or ancient myth, a path shared by any story we've ever told, in books, movies and beliefs. A primordial, seemingly innate, connection between the outer world and the human mind.
I found the book poorly written, and badly structured. I just couldn't get used to Campbell's writing style, his sentences are long and meandering, with asides within asides. Some paragraphs are composed of one single, unbroken sentence. He also jumps rapidly from story to story, then refers back haphazardly to stories he's previously mentioned. He never seems to fully articulate a point, he makes some vague allusions then jumps to another point. It almost seems like Campbell had so much knowledge that he just couldn't get it all on the page.
I'd say overall that it's still worth reading, although it is a bit of a slog.
The consequences are becoming more obvious every day, yet, still we divert ourselves with trivia.
One way to begin to reconnect ourselves with our essential selves, our own hero, may be through a thorough study and understanding of Campbell's work.
As he mentions, because of our neglect and belittlement of mythology we have become half-creatures, 'the lines of communication between the conscious and the unconscious zones of the human psyche have all been cut, and we have been split in two.'
This book helps us to begin to rebuild ourselves from the piteous state in which contemporary 'education' and upbringing (or lowbringing) has left us.