The 25th anniversary edition of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, with a new afterword by the author--which offers a new vision of what it is to be a man
In this timeless and deeply learned classic, poet and translator Robert Bly offers nothing less than a new vision of what it means to be a man.
Bly's vision is based on his ongoing work with men, as well as on 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 a mentor or "Wild Man" guides a young man through eight stages of male growth-to remind us of ways of knowing long forgotten, images of deep and vigorous masculinity centered in feeling and protective of the young.
At once down-to-earth and elevated, combining the grandeur of myth with the practical and often painful lessons of our own histories, Iron John is an astonishing work that will continue to guide and inspire men-and women-for years to come.
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I have read a few attacks on this book, calling it a primer for all that is bad about being a man. What I read is much different. It seems more of a call to stop the camo take over of men that has taken place since the end the 1800's. We as men do not need to lock away our feelings and hide behind a big truck to be a man. Feeling from the heart all the emotions is okay. This is more a call to be more feminine than masculine.
boy or girl, listen to what this guy is saying. he's a good story teller and his ideas aren't that far off. i saw this show once about a young elephant male in a rescue reserve without any other elephants. but there where rinos. one day a rino turns up dead and no one knows why. after another one turns up dead they set up cameras to see what's goin' on. the young (teenage) Male elephant was cought on tape beating up on and starting fights with the rinos. to make a long store short, they brought in a Older Male elephant to the reserve and after a day or so they were hanging out and the rino bullying stoped. figure it out. we are animales too.
Finally someone has put order to the muddied thought that something is wrong with our overly feminine society. Why are our young boys suffering? Why are our youth lashing out? Why are our husbands suffocating? I feel every man, and young man, as well as every mother of a son, and wife, or a woman that wants to understand the 'enigman' should read this book.
Bly does an excellent job of explaining principles of roles which could easily be transferred to issues facing women in their own right. He deals with the uncertainty of expectations by society towards men in an open and honest manner as to how men are raised and the importance of positive, emotionally balanced role models to bring out the best in men as people. His video series equally impressive and this is sort of book becomes more important as we progress as a society, not less important.