Given Campbell's wealth of knowledge I expected this recording to be more insightful but Toms and Campbell kept going back to the same questions and answers (the Black Elk example is used no less than 3 times)so that by the end you get the feeling you've been listening to an old scratched record.
50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction
I found this book good but frustrating. First off Its way too short, Secondly I found the insufficiency of Campbells answers frustrating-
What we have here is an articulate insightful man with a message- who NEVER seems to articulate it in his interviews, and this is why Ive never understood the synthesis of his work.There was a reference to this in this interview which at least gives me a trail to follow so at some point I will be able to extrapolate his applicable conclusions
He always talks of the place myth has in society at large and numerous other things,which is fine and always interesting and entertaining- but I think what Im just now starting to understand despite the contents of this book is the place myth has in our own lives. I think THAT is what is not just fascinating but highly useful in understanding our own behavior and the dynamics of those closest to us. That should be the #1 point of discussion as far as Im concerned and that is where I think the greatest value of his work lies. Im not positive that this is the case yet but I suspect that its so.
Having said all this is not to say this work is without value. I thought it was interesting but Im frustrated that he never fully articulates the applicability of myth in our lives in all of the interviews ive heard.