Clarissa Pinkola Este`s, Ph.d.
Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
Paperback: 608 pages
Ballantine Books; (1992) Reprint edition (November 27, 1996)
This book had been on my wish reading list for years. It finally reappeared on Amazon, and worth the wait. Clarissa Pinkola Este`s best seller makes another resurgence as Wild Women world over connect with the myths and stories she has narrated. As a scholar and poet, she is also a renowned storyteller. Women Who Run with the Wolves contains many of the old stories that carry knowledge from the ancestors. The myth leads the reader to experience, through their imagination, the power these stories over the mind. With several short stories under one cover, there is sure to be a few that catch your interest. Este`s chose the stories for their appeal to the Wild Woman’s nature. Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine.
Some stories stick out more than others do, as a person can connect with a character or situation. For example, the story of “The Red Shoes” a young woman finds herself for the first time, and the shoes make her feel special, she has a taste of independence.
There are other stories that reflect the Wild Woman’s unique nature each show personality traits. An African tale of twins who baffle a man represents the dual nature of woman from the Middle East, a story about a threadbare but secretly magic carpet shows society’s failure to look beyond appearances. Then, I will not spoil the book for you. It is all in reading Women Who Run With Wolves. ♥♥♥♥♥