Monday, May 4, 2015

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, David Kudler

The Hero with a Thousand Faces
by Joseph Campbell, David Kudler

Synopsis from Goodreads

Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell’s revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In these pages, Campbell outlines the Hero’s Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world’s mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

As part of the Joseph Campbell Foundation’s Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, this third edition features expanded illustrations, a comprehensive bibliography, and more accessible sidebars.

As relevant today as when it was first published, The Hero with a Thousand Faces continues to find new audiences in fields ranging from religion and anthropology to literature and film studies. The book has also profoundly influenced creative artists—including authors, songwriters, game designers, and filmmakers—and continues to inspire all those interested in the inherent human need to tell stories

My Review

5/5 Stars

This is probably one of the coolest books I have ever read.

I love mythology. All mythology and reading this has opened my eyes to so much more.

I loved reading all the different myths and the fact that they all seem to follow the same patterns ( which I’ve always thought all myths sound relatively the same) . I found this book informative and very intriguing but I have to say the best part of it was being introduced to all the different myths and the Cosmogonic Cycle.

This book is detailed and I thought well written. It was not one I could read in one day. Frankly, It took me over a month to finish it because I wanted to absorb every detail and make notes of my thoughts and bookmark my favorite places and myths that I would want to later look into.

I can see myself maybe not completely rereading it but definitely picking it up and reading my favorite parts and other great parts of this book off and on.

So many great quotes, such great incite and comparisons. I think many people will continue to enjoy this book. Wether just fans of mythology or a student of it.

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