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The Grail Legend
The Holy Grail and its quest is a legend that has had a powerful impact on our civilization and culture. The Grail itself is an ancient Celtic symbol of plenty as well as a Christian symbol of redemption and eternal life, the chalice that caught the blood of the crucified Christ. The story of the Grail sheds profound light on man's search for the supreme value of life, for ...more
Paperback, 472 pages
Published October 25th 1998 by Princeton University Press
(first published 1970)
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Jan 10, 2012 Carolyn rated it really liked it · review of another edition
April 2012 re-read this dense volume which unpacks the Grail legend from a psychological and symbolic perspective. The amazing von Franz took over the project that Emma Jung had worked on for thirty years, dying before writing it all. It feels very much like a life's work, deep and complicated. Something very right about these two women handling this mysterious numinous material.
A challenging read, that truly needs to be read more than once before the beginning of understanding is possible. The first read will introduce the well educated reader to so much history and so many ideas that until one had read the book one does not have enough knowledge to understand what one is reading. Very, very worthwhile.
Jun 21, 2011 Erik Graff rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jung & Grail fans
Recommended to Erik by: Richard A. Hyde
Becoming interested in C.G. Jung entailed getting into such diverse topics as alchemy, astrology, gnosticism, classical mythology, eastern religions, cultural anthropology and even psychiatry. One topic I'd previously been exposed to was the grail legend, but then only from a reworked edition of Malory and various popular culture references in literature and cinema. So, in order to redress this gap in my knowledge I read this book written by Jung's wife and another colleague and some of the majo ...more