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The Maiden King: The Reunion of Masculine and Feminine

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  147 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
A large portion of the nation grinds to a halt every afternoon to tune into the Oprah Winfrey Show -- which continues today, as the most successful show of it's kind. Her show and her opinions affect the world over. The mere mention of a book club selection sends an obscure first novel rocketing to the top of best-seller lists everywhere. Millions of Americans watch breath ...more
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Published October 1st 1998 by Soundelux Audio Publishing (first published 1998)
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Sep 15, 2011 Tristy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women, therapy, myth, scavenged
I really wanted to like this. I'm a huge fan of Marion Woodman (why isn't she listed as co-author, Goodreads?) and Robert Bly is certainly a brilliant and interesting man. But there is so much wrong with this book. It's based on a workshop they co-facilitated together to bring the genders "back in touch with each other." Yet, they split the book up - with Bly writing the first half and Woodman finishing it. Bly's writing is dry, stilted and boring (surprising!) and Woodman's writing, while havin ...more
James M. Madsen, M.D.
This book is actually based on a workshop conducted jointly by eminent authors Robert Bly and Marion Woodman, and their humanity and expressiveness come across even more effectively in the filmed version (which I have seen but unfortunately no longer have) of the workshop. Bly and Woodman are famous for their interests in the men's and women's movements in psychology, and this workshop focuses on possible interpretations, from each point of view and from a Jungian background, of the folk tale "T ...more
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Oct 07, 2013 Pauline Esson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much wisdom in this book and so much that I don't much mystery...maybe best not trying to understand that.

I'm going to trust that what I've got from it in this first read is what I've got the capacity for now and the same the next time and next after that.

It was first published in the UK in 1999 and it seems to me that as I read it now in 2013 in so many ways we're no further forward in the reunion of masculine and feminine as we were then, but maybe that's my projected curren
Mar 12, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually, I wish I could split my review in half in the same manner that the book is split in half by the two authors. I would give Bly two stars and Woodman five. Her interpretations of the masculine and feminine energies that we all possess (as explained through the dissemination of a Russian folktale) are fascinating. And her marvelously poetic Jungian language is mesmerizing.
Nov 08, 2013 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly preceptive interpretation of this Fairy Tale by Woodman. So very helpful and very healing. Helps exquisitely show the deep pain of the masculine and feminine and that struggle we have until these two archetypes come into union and their contents can be brought to light.
Interessante discussie tussen twee (archetypische) psychologen over wat nu 'vrouwelijk' of 'mannelijk' is. En dat de held van zijn 'mannelijkheid' moet worden gered. Voor mij interessant vanwege Heldinne's Reis.
AJ Paris
Jan 15, 2009 AJ Paris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I really loved Robert Bly's portion of the book, but couldn't get through Marion W's portion. No matter--Bly's portion is so brilliant, it's worth it. Really a must read for every writer I think.
I have met both Robert Bly and Marion Woodman in intimate workshop settings. This was before he wrote Iron John and was primarily a poet and performance artist. Marion Woodman is one of my favorite writers, and she is a delightful person.
Hope to purchase this and read soon.
Maureen Rue
May 23, 2012 Maureen Rue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Interesting reading the interpretation of the Russian folk tale from two perspectives. Of course, I enjoyed the woman's perspective more!
The concept of this book is great, especially with the dual authorship. I tried reading it a couple of times and found some of it fascinating, but ultimately, I didn't get drawn in. Pity.
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Robert Bly is an American poet, author, activist and leader of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement.
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