Hero with a Thousand Faces, The

Campbell, Joseph

Despite their infinite variety of incident, setting, and costume, the myths of the world offer only a limited number of responses to the riddle of life. In this best-selling volume, Joseph Campbell presents the composite hero. Through Campbell’s eyes, we see Apollo, the Frog King of the fairy tale, Wotan, the Buddha, and numerous other protagonists of folklore and religion enacting simultaneously the various phases of their common story. Campbell begins his interpretation of these timeless symbols by examining their relationship to those rediscovered in dreams by depth psychology. The psychological view is then compared with the words of such spiritual leaders as Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Lao-tse, and the “Old Men” of the Australian tribes. From behind a thousand faces, the single hero emerges, archetype of all myth.

Read by Ralph Blum

NOTE: This highly abridged reading of Campbell’s seminal work is interspersed with audio drawn from Campbell’s lectures.

Campbell’s unique perspectives examine the world’s complex and interwoven mythology, folklore and religion, providing an understanding of the essence and genesis of humanness. Blum allows the listener to focus on the content of Campbell’s words. All stories are told in plain narration except the Irish myths, for which Blum attempts a slight brogue without success. Slight pauses, musical interludes, plus announcements help distinguish the sections of the text. — P.A.J., AudioFile, Portland, Maine

THIS ABRIDGED, REDACTED EDITION HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN FROM THE MARKET AS OF SPRING, 2010.

WE HOPE TO HAVE AN UNABRIDGED AUDIOBOOK OF THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES AVAILABLE SOON!

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