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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 2nd Revised edition edition (July 9 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877735263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877735267
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Michael Sidhu on Aug. 15 2011
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Just to be clear I read this book a few years ago, so take everything I say with a grain of salt.

This book was extremely interesting. However it was tough to understand everything the author talked about without knowing something of Jungian psychology. I don't think you need to be an expert, but a basic understanding is required. She doesn't quite explain some of the concepts she addresses and it's up to you to tie everything together or do your own research.

That being said I still enjoyed the book a great deal even though I didn't quite get as much out of it as someone who knows more about Jungian psychology would have. She presents several fairy tales in their entirety and goes on to examine them.

The book is definitely worth getting if you are interested in the subject. It is also worth doing the bit of extra reading that might be required to fully understand everything that she is saying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Noel Eastwood on Feb. 18 2000
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This book by marie-Luise Von Franz provides valuable insight into the varied uses of a Jungain approach to psychology. Interpreting fairy tales provides us with skills and techniques to help interpret our own fairy tales, that of our dreams and life stories. Useful for all students of Jung and applicable in our own lives if only for the joy of seeking connections and associations in our own experiences. Ideal for dreamers and philosophers as well as beginner Jungians.
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A Good Place to Start! Sept. 23 2005
By David Adams - Published on Amazon.com
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I want to second the good review already written and add that the thing about Marie-Louise von Franz is her great readability compared with most of Jung, who can at times be very obtuse. All of von Franz's fairy tale studies are valuable and useful, but for the beginning searcher, this IS a good place to start. Von Franz, "the greatest living heir to C.G. Jung," is down-to-earth in her writing, and her examples of interpretations are always crystal clear and practical. She IS a Jungian, but for her Jung is just a tool that she uses -- she is no slave to a method. She freely admits that any interpretation is just one of many possible ones one might make. Beware! If you like this book and find it useful, you will want to read ALL of her other books.
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An important guide to symbolic material. May 20 2006
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M.L. von Franz was one of Jung's closest associates and is proclaimed by some to be his intellectual heir. She was a language specialist, in particular ancient languages, and worked with Jung from her early twenties until his death.

Von Franz has the knack of going to the essence of Jungian theory without some of the circumlocution that so many complain of in Jung's collected works. Fairy tales were her forte and she believed by analyzing fairy tales in terms of their collective, not their personal meaning, one would connect with the wisdom of the collective.

This books provides step-by-step instructions for doing fairy tale analysis according to the method of mythological amplification. She also provides examples of her own analysis of fairy tales.

Von Franz believes that all fairy tales are describing one psychic fact--that of the Self. (The Jungian Self includes both the individual self and the collective unconscious). The Self has so much complexity and variation that many different tales are necessary to describe it.

This is an important book that describes some of the basic tenets of Jungian psychology in an easy-to-read form. It is one I return to over and over in my exploration of symbolic material.
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Good introduction into applying Jungian Psychology Feb. 18 2000
By Noel Eastwood - Published on Amazon.com
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This book by marie-Luise Von Franz provides valuable insight into the varied uses of a Jungain approach to psychology. Interpreting fairy tales provides us with skills and techniques to help interpret our own fairy tales, that of our dreams and life stories. Useful for all students of Jung and applicable in our own lives if only for the joy of seeking connections and associations in our own experiences. Ideal for dreamers and philosophers as well as beginner Jungians.
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Marie-Louise and Fairy Tales Aug. 24 2010
By C. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read a number of ML von Franz's interpretations of fairy tales and I've found them all invaluable. While, as ML von Franz states herself, you don't have to agree with every breakdown or rely upon her interpretations as the absolute truth, the stances she takes are fascinating and offer another view of reality, specifically a window into another way of understanding a great deal of our literary past.

This particular book works as a strong introductory text to the work that Marie-Louise von Franz has done in her break down of fairy tales.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating Study on Fairy Tales Jan. 23 2013
By Zadius Sky - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first book by Marie-Louise von Franz that I have ever read. I have been aware of her being a student of Jung but never got around to reading her works. After reading this fascinating and remarkable study on fairy tales, I'll be taking up a search for her other works.

"The Interpretation of Fairy Tales" (up to 200 pages) is an useful work that analyzed fairy tales, starting with the history and theories of fairy tales, an enumerated scrutiny of "The Three Feathers," and finally, examinations of motifs as related to Jung's concepts of shadow, animus, and anima. I have found this work to be quite good introduction to an interpreting fairy tales, and it is quite valuable and an easy reading.

It is to be recommended.

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