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The people's guide to Mexico
Published in Unknown Binding by J. Muir Publications; [Distributed by Book People, Berkeley, Calif. ()
Author: Carl Franz
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Perfect title for a perfect book... ¡vamonos!
The People's Guide to Mexico continues to be THE guidebook for learning about Mexico, its people, culture and places, from an insightful author(s) who have been traveling and living in Mexico for over 30 years. A Caveat: if you are looking for a humorless, factual guide to four and five star resorts, and only like to travel first class or stay at global chain hotels, THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU. If you enjoy irreverence, humor, colorful stories, personal experience and gaining real insight- rare in the tourist guidebook genre- about the very different, yet welcoming, culture next door, then this IS your book. (I was raised in Mexico and live in the USA, exactly opposite of Carl, Lorena et al- but I love these guys, and used to carry a battered old edition- wish I still had it!- in my VW bus when I traveled throughout Mexico and Central America in it after military service and Vietnam. I re-read it many a time, and it was my #1 book... ¡Muchas gracias! Carl y amigos...)

THE Best
This book is a joy for people who:
·Have been to Mexico
·Have never been to Mexico
·Are planning to go to Mexico
·Want to say home and read about Mexico
·Want to learn about a Mexico that is not defined by the major tourist areas
·But most importantly, people who want to hear about Mexico from someone who has had many enjoyable trips to Mexico and loved every minute of those trips.

The author imparts his love of the people, culture, food, and country through stories that are not connected so you can pick up the book and begin reading where you please. The book is filled with stories that are make-you-laugh-out-loud thigh slappers.

Through the years I continue to enjoy this book, and often pick it up looking for favorite stories. Each time it brings back fond memories of the Mexico I know from my own trips and the wonderful picture Carl has weaved for me.

Buy, read, and enjoy!

On Divination and Synchronicity: The Psychology of Meaningful Chance. Originally Presented As Lectures at the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich
Published in Paperback by Inner City Books (1980)
Author: Marie-Louise von Franz
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Synchronize this!
This book is incredible.

It's presented in the format of the original lectures that it was based on (Sometimes that means she repeats important points for the audience's memory, but it never hurts, and its the only stylistic oddity).

Content-wise it is mind-blowing. I like Marie Louise Von Franz so much because she takes all these obtuse ideas that Jung had, and gets them to make so much sense and have such a real life and personality and weight to them, which is often hard to get by just reading the original material straight from the horses mouth (Jung being the horse, in this case).

This is a great book about synchronicity. It spends a whole lot of time talking about integers and chance and stuff like that.

The People's Guide to Backpacking, Boating, and Camping in Mexico
Published in Paperback by W.W. Norton & Company (1981)
Authors: Carl Frans, Carl Franz, Glen Strock, and Lorena Havens
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My Highest Recommendation
Read this book if you enjoy Mexico, if you don't know Mexico, if you like to travel, if you hate travel but want the experience, if you like camping, or if you just want an easily-read travel book with a lot of humor. This is a companion book to Franz' "The People's Guide To Mexico", another book that I strongly recommend.

Published in Paperback by Shambhala Publications (1993)
Authors: Marie-Louise Von Franz and Marie-Luise Von Franz
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A Master analyst!
Anyone who has read anything else by Marie-Louise von Franz knows what to expect from one of her books - erudition, encyclopedic knowledge and plenty of down to earth clinical advice. The spirit of Jung breathes out of every single page and can't help but capture and hold your attention.

The People's Guide to Mexico: Wherever You Go-- There You Are!!
Published in Paperback by John Muir Publications (1990)
Authors: Carl Franz and Lorena Havens
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Loving Mexico for what is is
Because my wife, Esperanza, is from a tiny village east of Juan Aldama, Zacatecas -- I had made a few trips to Mexico before having purchased this book. I truly wish I'd bought it before the very first time. Carl Franz humorously takes you through many typical venues and situations encountered in Mexico. In addition to being quite entertaining, these illustrations and anecdotal stories provide great insight to understanding the subtleties of Mexican culture. Carl Franz's love for the people, history and customs of Mexico come through in his writing. I can vouch, through my experiences in Mexico, that Carl is "right on the money" with his travel suggestions and understanding of the Mexican people. This book will give you the proper mindset for Mexican travel, leaving our preconceived notions at home, eager to take in all that Mexico has to offer and loving the country and people on their own outstanding merits.

A Treasure Chest of Infotainment, A Barrel of Monkeys
"The People's Guide to Mexico" is not your typical travel guide, full of recommended sights to see, hotels, itineraries, restaraunts, etc.

This is a treasure chest overflowing with infotainment: outrageous travel stories, Mexican slang, advice about everyday problems, e.g., from dealing with corrupt officials to building a thatched roof beach hut to bargaining in the market.

This book includes an incredible amount of general and detailed information about Mexico, but encourages readers to explore the country on their own. It gives the reader an inkling of what to expect and what not to expect of Mexico and Mexicans.

Although aimed primarily at low-to-mid-budget travelers, it's a must-read for anyone trying to understand Mexico and its culture. Dispelling myths about Mexico, it presents the everyday, bizarre reality of the place.

There's no need to start at the beginning and read each chapter sequentially to the last. Just open the book anywhere and become engrossed in some insanely funny adventure or a recipe for grilled Red Snapper.

I read an early edition cover-to-cover about a week before my first dive deep into Mexico's interior in the mid-1970s. I've never had more fun reading a guidebook, and just about every word still rings true whenever I return. Reading this book is an adventure in itself.

Mexican Magic
Carl Franz's fantastic book is not your typical guide book, nor is it intended to be. If what you're looking for is facts and information, maps and a list of cheap hotels and restaurants this isn't the book for you. If you want to cross the border in your mind and see what Mexico and its people are really like, then go no further. This is a book you can enjoy whether or not you're planning to go anywhere near Mexico. And after you've read it you'll not only feel that you've been there, you'll be packing to go.

Man and His Symbols
Published in Hardcover by Doubleday (06 June, 1969)
Authors: Carl Gustav Jung, M.L. Von Franz, and Joseph Henderson
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Easy Intro to Jung
In Man and his Symbols (1961), Jung's last book, Jung and four of his disciples (Von Franz, Henderson, Jaffé, and Jacobi) team up to introduce the world to the collective unconscious and its manifestations in mythology, art, dreams, and even science.

Jung suggests that man's greatest adventure lies in the exploration of the inner world of the psyche. By getting in touch with the unconscious (especially through dreams), one is supposedly able to activate latent guiding powers that will help him become a stronger individual. Jaffé's essay details a case where a Jungian anaylsis is successful, and it convinced me.

For a basic grasp of the collective unconscious and the archetypal symbols and how they relate to you, this book serves. It's very easy to understand, and its simple language and many illustrations make it easy to work through.

The only disappointment is that the book is too simple. Given only a taste of the basic concepts, you are left wanting more depth and a wider discussion of Jung's ideas. As Ms. Von Franz says in the closing essay, "This book sketches only an infinitesimal part of his [Jung's] vast contribution to this new field of psychological discovery."

If you are a layman like myself and feel that Jung may be a bit difficult to read you should start with this. Although this book does not systematically present his theories, it touches on all of Jung's important contributions to psychology. While reading this book, it was easily understood why Jung was so intrigued by mysticism. The illustrations in this book are amazing, and sometimes spellbinding, and to me they had the effect I think the authors intended -- to understand The archetypes. Read this book. It will take you places you never been or thought you could go.

A great introduction to Jungian psychology
My wife used this book in her honors high school English class. This book provides an excellent introduction to several of Jung's important ideas by Jung and four of his followers: M. L. von Franz, Joseph L. Henderson, Jolande Jacobi, and Aniela Jaffe. This book provides a very accessible introduction to Jungian psychology. It is written to the non-expert and contains facsicinting examples. The pictures and illustrations that accompany the text are particularly interesting. After reading *Man and His Symbols*, I saw our symbolic world in a whole new way.

The Mystery of Numbers (Oxford Paperbacks)
Published in Paperback by Oxford University Press (1994)
Authors: Annemarie Schimmel and Franz Carl Mysterium Der Zahl Endres
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An anthology of mysterious numbers
What are the roots of the divine "Trinity" concept or what is the secret meaning of Buddha's 3 bodies? Why was Amon-Ra called "The Lord of 4 directions" or why had the god Shiva 4 arms? What is the significance of number 5 in pentagram? Why the star of Israel had six corners? How come the number 13 is believed to bring bad luck in some traditions while in Mayan culture it is one of the essential numbers? Annemarie Schimmel, a specialist on Eastern philosophies, presents a very interesting and entertaining anthology of mysterious numbers in "The Mystery of Numbers". The book follows a linear path and begins with "Number 1" and passes several "stations" of curious numbers along the way. It also has an introduction that gives a summary about the numbering systems of various cultures. You can either keep it on your bookshelf to consult for some specific numbers from time to time, or you can carry it in your pocket and have your daily fun.

For Those In Search of Truth
For those of you who are searching for an explanation for all existence, this book is the one, since mathematics is the universal language.This book helps to find patterns of phenomonah such as things that occur by certain number. With this book and a tad of imagination, one can see "how it all is" and go in further pursuit of the truth. This book feeds that intense curiousity of those who are searching. Enjoy........

Complex and Intricate Mysteries Unraveled
This is a rather odd but very enjoyable book. It begins with a very brief introduction to different number systems and beliefs about numbers, covering the Pythagoreans, gnosticism, the Cabala, Islamic mysticism, medieval numerology and numerical puzzles. The bulk of the book is a kind of encyclopedia of numbers: each of the numbers up to 21 gets its own chapter; after that they are dealt with "en masse".

Each chapter is an unordered and unstructured compilation of beliefs about the subject number, mostly drawn from Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Unfortunately, there is no attempt at cross-cultural comparative analysis or at relating beliefs about numbers to other symbolic systems.

This book might better serve as a reference rather than a complete read. It is very interesting but might be too much for one reading.

Lectures on Jung's Typology
Published in Paperback by Spring Audio & Journal (1971)
Authors: Marie-Louise Von Franz, Marie-Louise Franz, and James Hillman
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von Franz masterful; Hillman ...
If one has "read a little" of Jung's typology but has not ventured yet, or has ventured only partially, into Jung's seminal work Psychological Types, this book by von Franz and Hillman is a very good tutorial to get some of the concepts organized in ones head a little better. The book is divided into two sections. Both sections are transcripts of lectures given at the Jungian institute in Zurich. The first section is by von Franz and covers the Inferior Function. Hillman's half covers the Feeling Function. Although von Franz's section is focused on the development of the psychological type that is one's weaker type (ie: "inferior"), her exposition does cover all of the types. Each of von Franz's lectures is followed by a question and answer section as recorded during the seminars (Hillman's are not). One can say only that von Franz is masterful in her explanations. If one has read any of Jung's own seminars from the 1920's and 30's, von Franz's echo these here. Without overstating it, von Franz truly was closest to Jung in depth of understanding and ability at expression, perhaps better in the latter regard. She was primarilty a "thinking" type and it shows in her thoroughly thought out and well presented arguments. Hillman is another matter. Perhaps it is his disadvantage that his text follows von Franz's, but he does not rise to the same level, at least not for me. He must be a feeling-type as his arguments undulate choppily, taking a sideroad here, a back alley there, a forward lob somewhere else. He uses almost no examples, preferring to "define" as he goes along and seems to expect the reader to nod in agreement. Too much patience is expected of one, I'm afraid, and I didn't finish reading his part. Sorry. Von Franz' section is certainly worth the price alone, however. But feeling-types may prefer Hillman.

Hidden Hawaii (Hidden Hawaii, 11th Ed)
Published in Paperback by Ulysses Pr (2000)
Authors: Ray Riegert and Carl Franz
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very expensive does not necessarily equal ultra-deluxe
I used this guide on a recent and very enjoyable sojourn in Kauai. While I enjoyed the guide's expertise on Hawaiian history and culture and the information on the hidden beaches, I felt that the author does a great disservice to his readers when he equates budget or affordable dining and lodging options as very basic while dubbing very expensive options as "ultra-deluxe." Hawaii can be very expensive, but paying a lot of money for a hotel room or a restaurant dinner does not automatically insure that one receives ultra-deluxe treatment. Often the same thing can be had at a more affordable price by looking around--the information a reputable travel guide is supposed to give. Paying 40 dollars for a restaurant entree--something all too easy to do when eating at a resort restaurant on the island--often provides no better quality food than eating at a cheap but good restaurant. Look for places full of happy locals as opposed to tourists. The expensive Bali Hai restaurant, recommended in the guide, served very mediocre if overpriced food, with very mediocre service. However, the Hanalei Mixed Plate, a village take out stand, served superb fresh fish everyday for less than 10 dollars. The food was better, only you ate it outside on wooden tables surrounded by local people as opposed to other tourists. You be the judge of how you want to spend your money. In my opinion, the 8 dollars I spent to rent a boogie board one day yielded far more fun than a 40 dollar restaurant entree could ever manage to do.

A wonderful resource for the adventurous
I also disagree with the reviewer who did not find Hidden Hawaii to be helpful... My husband and I purchased Hidden Hawaii to provide us with the opportunities not available in the larger tourist trap books - we were thrilled! We prefer the more secluded, unusual sites, which we were treated to time and again. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a sense of adventure and direction.

**BEST GUIDE When you have time to enjoy Hawaii
My wife & I lived on Oahu for 3 years and frequently traveled to the neighbor islands as well. We scored everytime we used the book. Great tips on standard tourist info, but the strength is on the items marked "hidden." When you have a little more time than the average molohini (visitor), the "hidden" suggestions are always worth the effort!

If you can't have fun with this guide, you can't have fun!

PS: Hidden Florida & Hidden California guides worked for us as well!

Puer Aeternus
Published in Hardcover by Sigo Pr (1981)
Authors: Marie Louise Von Franz, Franz Marie Louise Von, and Marie-Louise von Franz
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Too much jargon, not enough substance
Considered a "classic" by Jungians, I found this book to be so filled with Jungian imagery that it was not worth the trouble of wading through it all. The majority of the text is an analysis of The Little Prince, and would be of most value to one who wished to interpret this story.

Almost everything of value regarding the psychological image of the puer is available in the first chapter which is reprinted in Reclaiming the Inner Child by Jeremiah Abrams (ed). Here the reader will find an entire section on Eternal Youth and Narcissism including excellent chapters by Joel Covitz (Narcissism), Alice Miller (The Search for the True Self) and Jeffrey Satinover (The Childhood Self and the Origins of Puer Psychology). This last I especially recommend to anyone interested in the puer.

Peter Pan syndrome? Then you need to read this book!
I know very little about Jungian psychology, but this book caught my eye years ago. I started reading it again and it has made me aware of so much WHY about my life and struggles. It is frighteningly accurate in its descriptions of the puer aeternus and the best and worst of that archetype. I don't agree with some of the Jungian conclusions and assumptions, but the descriptive parts of this book are INVALUABLE if you're ready to face them. I'm finally facing them.

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