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Where does The Life and Ideas of James Hillman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of my all time favorites. Though I have read several of Hillman's books I had never fully appreciated the "man" Hillman was until I completed this beautifully written biography. I hated when I completed the audiobook, as it was as though Hillman was fully alive and present with me the entire time. This is a must listen to book if one is at all interested in the twists and turns of life and how these twists and turns help shape each day we live. For me Hillman was a true genius and should be required reading for anyone who wants to answer the question of "who am I".
What other book might you compare The Life and Ideas of James Hillman to and why?
I would compare this book to any GREAT biography that I have been moved by. I experience each life so individualistic that comparisons are difficult but I have read biographies of Freud, Jung, Gandhi, ML King, Meher Baba, Yogananda, T. Roosevelt, and many more and Hillman's is one of my favorites thus far.
What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?
I enjoyed his reading as it was neither too slow or too fast. A plesant voice with clear enunciation. I never tired of the sound of his reading.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
My extreme reaction was that I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. Hillman was a truly fascinating man.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
The book reads primarily as a biography with a truly interesting life (my opinion). It weaves in the psychological ideas of the subject - linking them into relevant life events.
It’s not a bad book per se. Simply wasn’t what I hoped - structured masculinity based psychology.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Yes, the "headline" is trite and doesn't do the experience of this audio journey justice. It is the second book of "revelations" dealing with Jung and his legacy that I've "read" recently. Initially thought it might just be like any other biography ... kind of a "who's up who and who's not paying" combined with a "case history" of ancestry, childhood, school, academia, etc. In fact my first attempt at "reading" it, so to speak, was short! I got bored with the ancestry stuff ... I returned to it 2 weeks ago after listening to "Labyrinths"; about Emma & Carl Jung, Toni Wolff and a cast of players. (I really liked this too).
I did not regret taking it up again. "The Life and Ideas of James Hillman" a second time. I confess I cannot really write an adequate "review" of this book. It has, synchronistically, dovetailed in with my own journey, as I wrestle with the whole idea of "therapy", "pathology", "counselling" and, most importantly, SOUL.
James Hillman, like Jung before him, was a maverick. I nearly wrote "IS" a maverick. He certainly lives on through his books. They are mentors for those of us who are "mavericks" and "outsiders" and who are not content to simply toe the line with the status quo or settle for holding ego positions on ideas and beliefs, just so we can "belong" or "fit in" or, well, you know.
I should not be surprised at the fact that Hillman has, via Dick Russell, revealed, what seems to be a brutally and wonderfully honest account of his experience in Zurich with "the Jungians" ... Like with most charismatic figures, the cult of Jung became entrenched and "The Jungian Institute" was the church ... and of course it goes without saying that many fine and insightful "analysts" have come out of that school. Robert Johnson for one survived it.
What stands out MOST importantly is Hillman's own perceptive observations and understandings about the archetypal forces that were at play with regards his scapegoating. He always took that position, even when having the total force of what seems to be the forces of hell thrown at him; even when his accusers were unable to see their own projections and hypocrisy. And we also are told of how it affected him personally.
Enough from me. Buy the book! You won't be disappointed, especially if you are a maverick!
Well done Mr Russell! When is Part 2 coming out????!!!