Review: Myths to Live By

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Myths to Live By
Myths to Live By by Joseph Campbell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this book, but I only really liked the chapters on Buddhism and science. I’m told this is his most accessible book. After reading (and failing to comprehend a lick of) The Hero With a Thousand Faces, I believe it. My problem is with the format. JC did not write this book, he delivered a series of disconnected lectures and later transcribed them here. It makes for disjointed reading. Not to mention there are several passages I can tell he delivered/wrote while nursing his fifth scotch. My favorite little phrase is the description of a kangaroo pouch as a “womb with a view.” Really? T-shirt idea!

Having said that, this subject matter is fascinating, and I know he is one of the masters of this form of thought and writing. I need to find the right teacher for exploring this world.

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Victor A. Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories. He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wifi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail. He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread Collection. Join his Mailing List for special announcements about upcoming works.