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The Sibling Society

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Where have all the grownups gone? In answering that question with the same freewheeling erudition and intuitive brilliance that made Iron John a national bestseller, poet, storyteller and translator Robert Bly tells us that we live in a "sibling society, " in which adults have regressed into adolescence and adolescents refuse to grow up.

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Poet and storyteller Robert Bly takes the baby boomers to task in this highly charged exposure of midlifers' values. Having become jaded by the abuses of authority, the boomers of North America have torn down the traditional hierarchy within their families and within their communities. What's left is a "cultural flatness," says Bly, where adults cling to self-absorbed adolescent values, television talk shows have more clout than elders, children are spiritually abandoned to fend for themselves, and in the place of community we have built shopping malls. As always, Bly relies on mythology, legends, and poetry to illustrate the morals of his stories. Ultimately this is a hopeful piece of work, nudging midlifers to take on the responsibilities (and therefore the rewards) of adulthood.

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A national lethargy is pervading society. Bly suggests that there are no psychically whole, responsible, adult role models to help usher adolescents into maturity. Using poetry and folktales, he draws illuminating parallels between their mythological metaphors and our societal struggles. Bly is a poet first, and this performance of his prose feels much like one of his poetry readings; listeners are swept up in his rhythm. Bly moves adeptly from the roles of narrator to storyteller, little boy to crone. He points us toward rediscovering a vertical life-path instead of a horizontal one in which all of us are peers and no one gives respected guidance. R.A.P. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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