Iron John: A Book About Men


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This text explores, reveals and challenges the male psyche. Using the classic Grimm brothers' tales of "Iron John" it casts a backwards look to a time when a model of masculinity was neither Rambo or wimp, but is more in the mould of Odysseus.

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Apr 2, 2009

Robert Bly has guy info

I found IRON JOHN very readable from the very beginning. I even read parts aloud to some women acquaintances and they almost "howled" in agreement. It's a great conversation starter for opening up "male" topics that are traditionally ackward.


Nov 26, 2007

Not my cup of tea

I belong to a book club of mostly women and this was a recent pick. I was very much looking forward to reading this "classic" . I even purchased a rare hardcover through Alibris assuming I would want a nice copy for my library. While it was obviously well thought out and researched, I felt it could have benefited greatly by an editor. I must strongly disagree with the other reviewer and warn potential readers that it is poorly written. In my opion, Mr. Bly often failed to reach his point. There were times where he seemed to drift in his writing. Many times I would become lost, wondering what he was talking about. I feel it would be helpful to any reader to first become familiar with arch-types as they are used greatly and I was not familiar with these and confused by references. Oddly, all the women appreciated the insights into the men of thier lives, I the lone man of the group wanted a bit more.


Aug 16, 2007

Best of Breed

Iron John is simply the best book about masculinity ever written. I first read this book as a 20 year old and have returned to it many times. It is a book that will grow with the man.
It is rare to find a book that is ?pro? something without being ?anti? something else. Bly does not fall into the trap of pitting men against women. He talks about masculinity without degrading femininity, he simply avoids the topic and refers the reader to research femininity on his or her own.
The style of the writing is very easy to follow. It comes off as neither too simple nor too academic. The allegories are easy to follow, the personal stories are relevant to the topic, and the author?s conclusions are reasonable.
I would recommend this book for any man of any age. But I especially recommend this book to mother?s raising son?s without fathers.

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