Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype Audible Audiobook – Abridged
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Drawing from her work as a psychoanalyst and cantadora (keeper of old stories), Dr. Estes uses myths and folktales to illustrate how societies systematically strip away the feminine spirit. Through an exploration into the nature of the wild woman archetype, Dr. Estes helps listeners rediscover and free their own wild nature.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 18 minutes|
|Author||Clarissa Pinkola Estés|
|Narrator||Clarissa Pinkola Estes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||22 May 2009|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 938 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Study of Customs & Traditions (Audible Books & Originals)
1 in Folklore & Mythology Studies
3 in Spiritualism
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This book is being heralded as a feminist classic... but to be honest, I don't really see it. Estés talks a lot about the masculine/feminine nature, spirituality, and psychology, but nothing really about about feminism. Perhaps its the idea of it 'unlocking' the desires and feelings women it claims to do, through analysing fairy tales, folk tales and mythology through a Jungian lens.
However, I didn't really conncect to anything, except the chapter about body image. And there was barely even any analysis in that chapter, just a recollection of thoughts and feelings on Estés end, that I agreed with.
The thing was, Estés is talking like all women have a collective experience, like, we all want to give birth, for instance.
Also, in the beginning, Estés says something like 'this book is for all people, no matter their class, education, gender, sexuality', but I found some problems with that.
The book is very academically inclined and unnecessarily dense and filled with jargon that I would have a hard time imagining a non-reader or a 'casual reader' even finishing this book. A lot of the analysis of the stories are somewhat heteronormative and you can tell is only directed towards cisgender women. It was published in the 90's, so maybe I can forgive the oversight, since mainstream conversations about trans rights were barely starting, and I can't imagine a cis woman who shys away from calling herself a feminist (which I don't have a problem with, but this book is supposedly feminist, so it seems a little strange to me) even thinking about the topic.
So. I really just ended up skimming the last half. At least one section was worthwhile.
Top reviews from other countries
I encourage you to read this as a learning text, my copy is overflowing with post it's highlighting singular words, phrases and whole beautiful chunks of text that resonate with me.
Insightful, inspiring, intuitive and incredibly intelligent are just a few words out of a thousand that I will use to describe Women Who Run With The Wolves. You can travel to the far corners of the earth searching for answers as to why you feel lost, searching, anxious and misplaced in this world, but the utterly remarkable storytelling talents and patient teachings of Clarissa Pinkola Estés have helped me understand why I often feel that way and how I can take steps to change it.
A pleasure and a delight to read, humourous and emotional. I found alot of somewhat astonished joy, in her incredible technique of being able to so accurately and poetically articulate how my soul is feeling.
I can not praise this book enough! Can you tell? It is a "bible" of sorts to me, a gift to all humankind, a guide of self discovery, recovery, acceptance and a path to our natural and rightful power of self.
Life and self affirming, truly truly a literary gift to the world. I shall be buying every woman I know a copy and will hopefully share in their enlightened journeys of growth. I will also encourage them (and you) to write footnotes and thoughts in the margins and fill it with your own truths and learnings that you discover along the way.
Far beyond everything I hoped it would be. So deeply beautiful. An astounding accomplishment.
It’s a very beautifully intense read, but once I got past the first chapter it literally spoke to my soul as a woman. I can get through a good book in a night or 2, but with this I had to read, put it down and ponder. Take notes, etc.
This book really teaches you how to shed all of societies stereotypes, and ‘shoulds’, familial, and relationship traumas, And teaches you how to nurture the instinctual feminine that’s already inside of you, key words being ‘instinctual and intuition’. The stories are so important I realised, as they give you a visual and, metaphorical understanding which makes every lesson and insight memorable.
It seems the author read my mind, every question I had, seemed to be answered in the next paragraph or chapter, I have learned so much about myself through this book and even though it’s for women I’ve taught my sons so much from this book. One of the most refreshing things is that it doesn’t ask you to ‘acquire, consume, or do ANYTHING other than SHED, open your mind, be fearless looking within, and grow. I’d recommend this to every woman. Especially if your at a stage where your a bit lost, confused, need some clarity, and need to find your identity xxxx