A blue fire : selected writings

by James Hillman

Other authorsThomas Moore
Book, 1989

Status

Available

Call number

APJA

Call number

APJA

Publication

New York : Harper & Row, c1989.

Physical description

x, 323 p.; 24 cm

Local notes

A vitally important introduction to the theories of one of the most original thinkers in psychology today, A Blue Fire gathers selected passages from many of Hillman's seminal essays on archetypal psychology.

User reviews

LibraryThing member Laurenbdavis
I arrived at this book long after reading, "The Soul's Code", which is a book I much admire.

Unfortunately, this book didn't hold up. It's a collection of Hillman's essays, and perhaps the format of short essay doesn't permit for the development ideas as did "The Soul's Code." I found the reading somewhat pompous, difficult to track and in sections downright self-indulgent and obtuse.

I'm sure there are words of wisdom buried in there, but they sure are buried. Consider, for example, this opening sentence: "The blue transit between black and white is like that sadness which emerges from despair as it proceeds toward reflection." What? Never mind that it's grammatically incorrect. And then, further on the blue theme: "It is the blue which deepens the idea of reflection beyond the single notion of mirroring, to the further notions of pondering, considering, meditating." I swear I feel like I should be high to figure that out, and I can't help wondering if he was high when he wrote it.

There's an awful lot of that. Far too much for me. I tell my students that no amount of 'mouth feel' in prose will rescue it from a lack of clarity. I rest my case.

I will return to Viktor Frankl, to Martin Buber.
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LibraryThing member breathslow
A good introduction to his writing, with selections from various of his works.
LibraryThing member Crypto-Willobie
Disappointed. I encountered a reference to this book which implied that it contained a reprint of Hillman's essay "Pan and the Nightmare", which I wanted to read. However it contains only a few brief snippets from it, totalling no more than 2 pages. The 'excerpts' format of this book makes it more a 'Portait of Hillman by Thomas Moore' than an effective anthology of Hillman's writings.… (more)
LibraryThing member Crypto-Willobie
Disappointed. I encountered a reference to this book which implied that it contained a reprint of Hillman's essay "Pan and the Nightmare", which I wanted to read. However it contains only a few brief snippets from it, totalling no more than 2 pages. The 'excerpts' format of this book makes it more a 'Portait of Hillman by Thomas Moore' than an effective anthology of Hillman's writings.… (more)

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