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The Sibling Society

Bly, Robert W.; Bly, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0679781285 / ISBN 13: 9780679781288
Published by Vintage Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1997
Used Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Inscribed by Robert Bly on the half-title page with a drawing, also inscribed with a drawing on the title-page. It appears the seperate drawings and inscriptions are for siblings. A clean unmarked copy. Laid in is a flyer for Bly's reading at the University Center Rochester. Bookseller Inventory # 003439

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Title: The Sibling Society

Publisher: Vintage Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Synopsis:

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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