Celebrated scholar Joseph Campbell shares his intimate and inspiring reflections on the art of living in this beautifully packaged book, part of a new series to be based on his unpublished writings.
A biased selection of Campbell's quotes
This book only presents brief "sound bite" quotes of Joseph Campbell's essays. Also, the editors of this book have specifically selected quotes that emphasize only the importance of individualism, when Campbell also frequently mentioned the importance of serving one's society.
Great JC collected 'words' from his lectures...
We could almost call it 'Joseph Campbell's Greatest Hits' and it is kind of that. It's a lot of 'quotable' bits from JC's lectures. The thing is though, if this is your complete J Campbell collection you are cutting yourself short. To really get Campbell's best, we need to read 'in depth.' For example, his 4-part 'The Masks of God' [3,500 pages] is an amazing tour through world mythology, history, philosophy, religion, and all those other places where God hides from us.But the present volume, Reflections on the Art of Living, is quite worthwhile whether you sit down and read it cover to cover or you can just open it any where, read some of Campbell's wit and wisdom, and go on your way glad such lights as Campbell have walked among us.Great book, great read, great gift.
This is a wonderful collection of stories
This is a wonderful collection of stories, lectures, and excerpts from Campbell's writing that distills much of his life's work into an essential form. I wouldn't recommend this to someone unfamiliar with Campbell's other works. It still has merit, but likely loses something without that context. But if you've already read and enjoyed Hero With a Thousand Faces or The Power of Myth (or, really, much of his other work as well), this is an amazing next purchase.
If you need to read reviews to decide if you want this book, you probably don't know enough about Joseph Campbell. As the title suggests it is a bedside companion with selected excerpts from arguably one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. If you aren't familiar with the man, I suggest you get to know him better before buying this book. If you do know him and like his work, you will regret finishing the book and look forward to rereading much of it.
Campbell should be required reading.
One of our great American thinkers of the last hundred years. I continually draw insight into my own life and how I approach the world through his works. We are all on 'The Hero's Journey' and it is when we hear and accept the call that we begin to truly become alive.Campbell may have started as the foremost authority on the myths of the world, but he ended as one of America's most insightful philosophers on what it is to be alive. If you have never read Campbell, you must. I also recommend the audio of The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers.
Enjoy this book...
I have been a fan of J. Campbell since seeing his PBS interview with Bill Moyer. He is a remarkable man with great insight into the history of man but more importantly, the significance of how man worshipped and the role that played in the growth of the human spiritual journey. This book is good support to the wider body of work the Mr. Campbell created. It isn't a replacement to the full text of his books but it can touch the core lessons he talks about in one text.
The Truth may set you free but first it will piss you off!
This is one of the most challenging, thought provoking, mind bending, and soul calling books I have ever read. Campbell is so entertaining in his ability to simplify complex religious and social structures that it is not important to already know about the Far East, the Near East, or your local Baptist church, he brings it all into focus on a common human level. I found this book disturbing in it's ability to draw me into the wonder of being human and how utterly connected we all are. It's the kind of book that you can open to any page, read only a few lines, and be pulled into a thought that will chase you the whole day. Campbell is pithy, humorous, practical, fact filled, and inspiring. If you enjoy thinking about God, the nature of being human, or politics, BUY THIS BOOK!!!! You won't be sorry.
Mythical conclusions stated in a simple form
In my opinion this is more interesting to read than "Hero with a thousand faces". Perhaps it relates to his maturity but the ideas are presented in a more cohesive, less complex form. These take the form of two or so pages on each idea; like reading daily affirmations. I find the book full of very potent conclusions from this great man.
Great vintage looking book
This book looks great on my shelf! Very inspiring philosophical topics, a great read, although very challenging due to the old language. Often hard to understand.
Best summary of Joe Campbell's work ever
One of my all time favourite books.. bought this for a friend. Joseph Campbell condensed with many thoughts on many topics.. I have recommended it to many of my students in the past
One of the best books if you want to gain better understanding of what is life about 😀. Great format with short chapters that can be read anytime to illumiNate your days. Highly recommended!
If you are confused and lost feel you have a empty hole inside and nothing seems to make sence ... Read Campbell his insights and writing on the myths of old will open your mind to who we are and what we may be here for.
Joseph Campbell Companion...
Great book! I highly recommend. Love all his work!