Robert Bly writes that it is clear to men that the images of adult manhood given by popular culture are worn out, that a man can no longer depend on them. Iron John searches for a new vision of what a man is or could be, drawing on psychology, anthropology, mythology, folklore and legend. Robert Bly looks at the importance of the Wild Man (reminiscent of the Wild Woman in Women Who Run With the Wolves), who he compares to a Zen priest, a shaman or a woodman. 'This book needs to be read, I believe, not as a dry work of ...
Robert Bly writes that it is clear to men that the images of adult manhood given by popular culture are worn out, that a man can no longer depend on them. Iron John searches for a new vision of what a man is or could be, drawing on psychology, anthropology, mythology, folklore and legend. Robert Bly looks at the importance of the Wild Man (reminiscent of the Wild Woman in Women Who Run With the Wolves), who he compares to a Zen priest, a shaman or a woodman. 'This book needs to be read, I believe, not as a dry work of scholarship to be judged coolly by the mind, but as the work of a poet struggling to convey an emotional experience and lead us to what he has found within himself' Guardian. 'Eclectic and unclassifiable. Iron John is a work whose mentors are the prophetic poets and crazies, William Blake and Walt Whitman' Sydney Morning Herald 'Important, timely, and powerful' New York Times.
Good in fair jkt. jacket. Inscribed "to President Clinton, with best wishes" and signed by author on title page, 268 pages, notes, cream paper and maroon cloth over boards, color illustrated dustjacket in protective mylar cover. Lower corners of rear board lightly bumped, cream boards lightly soiled, contents fine; jacket edges worn, lightly rubbed, spine ends and flap fold edges chipped. Brick and mortar bookshop since 1975!
Fine book in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author. 268 pages. First Edition. Fables frame this essay on initiation rituals for men. Landmark book, reprinted many times. Fine in dustjacket with small closed tear and crease to upper edge of rear panel, else fine. Signed by Bly.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Fiction. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author Iron John is Robert Bly's long-awaited book on male initiation and the role of the mentor, the result of ten years' work with men to discover the truths about masculinity that get beyond the stereotypes of our popular culture. This particular book is very interesting. The book is in great shape. On the title page is an inscription "For Dr. Neshine, With Thanks! ! Robert Bly 22Oct90" He has drawn a figure beneath this. Then, on the very front free end page, he has written " For Dr. O'Leary. Hoping this makes sense to you, it has a lot of good Irish poets in it! With Thanks, Robert Bly." Beneath this there is a drawing of two creatures with an arrow pointing to it, " Doctor and Patient." Oct 25, 92. The dust jacket has normal wear and tear and is in new clear protective covering.
I found IRON JOHN very readable from the very beginning. I even read parts aloud to some women acquaintances and they almost "howled" in agreement. It's a great conversation starter for opening up "male" topics that are traditionally ackward.
Nov 26, 2007
Not my cup of tea
I belong to a book club of mostly women and this was a recent pick. I was very much looking forward to reading this "classic" . I even purchased a rare hardcover through Alibris assuming I would want a nice copy for my library. While it was obviously well thought out and researched, I felt it could have benefited greatly by an editor. I must strongly disagree with the other reviewer and warn potential readers that it is poorly written. In my opion, Mr. Bly often failed to reach his point. There were times where he seemed to drift in his writing. Many times I would become lost, wondering what he was talking about. I feel it would be helpful to any reader to first become familiar with arch-types as they are used greatly and I was not familiar with these and confused by references. Oddly, all the women appreciated the insights into the men of thier lives, I the lone man of the group wanted a bit more.
Aug 16, 2007
Best of Breed
Iron John is simply the best book about masculinity ever written. I first read this book as a 20 year old and have returned to it many times. It is a book that will grow with the man. It is rare to find a book that is ?pro? something without being ?anti? something else. Bly does not fall into the trap of pitting men against women. He talks about masculinity without degrading femininity, he simply avoids the topic and refers the reader to research femininity on his or her own. The style of the writing is very easy to follow. It comes off as neither too simple nor too academic. The allegories are easy to follow, the personal stories are relevant to the topic, and the author?s conclusions are reasonable. I would recommend this book for any man of any age. But I especially recommend this book to mother?s raising son?s without fathers.
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