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Iron John - A Book About Men (Paperback, New edition)
Iron John - A Book About Men (Paperback, New edition): Robert Bly
Iron John - A Book About Men (Paperback, New edition): Robert Bly

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Iron John - A Book About Men (Paperback, New edition)

Robert Bly

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In this study of male initiation and the role of the mentor, Bly attempts to show the historical meanings underpinning the passage from boyhood to manhood. The 'tough guy' and the 'wimp' are both revealed as lacking the necessary guidance: neither has the 'vigorous masculinity which is both protective and emotionally centred' seen in images throughout history. To redress the balance of both, Bly suggests getting in touch with the 'wild man' who reconnects men to Earth whilst 'honouring the feminine'. This is a thought-provoking meditation on gender which draws eruditely on literature and mythology. (Kirkus UK)
In this deeply learned book, poet and translator Robert Bly offers nothing less than a new vision of what it is to be a man.Bly's vision is based on his ongoing work with men and reflections on his own life. He addresses the devastating effects of remote fathers and mourns the disappearance of male initiation rites in our culture. Finding rich meaning in ancient stories and legends, Bly uses the Grimm fairy tale "Iron John," in which the narrator, or "Wild Man," guides a young man through eight stages of male growth, to remind us of archetypes long forgotten-images of vigorous masculinity, both protective and emotionally centered.Simultaneously poetic and down-to-earth, combining the grandeur of myth with the practical and often painful lessons of our own histories, Iron John is a rare work that will continue to guide and inspire men-and women-for years to come.

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Imprint: Element Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: July 1992
Authors: Robert Bly
Dimensions: 234 x 155mm (L x W)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-1-85230-307-5
Barcode: 9781852303075
Categories: Promotions
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies > Men's studies
LSN: 1-85230-307-7

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