Women Who Run with the Wolves
Myths & Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
This book was a book club assignment. I don’t think I would have ever took it on my own. For starters it is psychoanalytical non fiction. As an added bonus it is 500+ pages long. I honestly did not know what to expect and I have heard many good reviews from the people who read it.
The author is an American poet, psychoanalyst and post-trauma specialist. She is also a storyteller. This book is filled with archetype stories on lives of women. There is something in it that will make any woman respond to the stories. Some of the things the author brings to light here come to every woman naturally and some other things make you work hard to control.
This book caught me by surprise. Most of the women in my book club group agreed that we all overestimated ourselves in the time we thought would take to read this book. As it turned out this book is quite intense and requires the reader to take time and think about life. This book is not to be taken lightly. At times, reading this book is like a slap in the face. I cried…I cried a lot…
“Sometimes the one who is running from the Life/Death/Life nature insists on thinking of love as a boon only. Yet love in its fullest form is a series of deaths and rebirths. We let go of one phase, one aspect of love, and enter another. Passion dies and is brought back. Pain is chased away and surfaces another time. To love means to embrace and at the same time to withstand many endings, and many many beginnings- all in the same relationship.”
I liked this book a lot. Things I liked the most were archetype stories from different cultures. Most of them began as legends and folk tales. And I love those kind of stories!
I am glad to have read and learned from this book!
I totally understand why most women who read this book tend to pass it on to other women as a recommendation or even as a book gift. While reading I thought of several women in my life who would benefit from reading this book. With all that in mind I must conclude that this book was hard for me. I see this book as a Rorschach test – the things you are ready to face about yourself will stare back at you from the pages. This book stared at me a lot…