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The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
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Jul 14, 11

Read in February, 2011

I'm not going to lie, it took me FOREVER to get through this book. It's so interesting, but kind of dry. Joseph Campbell presents so many different symbols, myths, interpretations, etc. that it was difficult for me to stay with him sometimes. His interpretations of the different variations on the culmination of the hero's journey towards the end of the book got a little redundant for me. I had to force myself to stick with it. The first few chapters where he broadly outlines the basis of the book where terribly fascinating and I got through those in several days. Just be prepared to grin and bear it through the middle/end and trust that it's worth it. I felt very expanded having read it, and it's changed the way I interact with stories, popular culture, symbolism, etc. A must-read for every adult.

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