City of the Gods: A Study in Myth and Mortality
Dunne (John S.)
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  1. "The modern man, it is said, is not any and every man who lives in the present epoch but only the man who lives on the leading edge of contemporary experience. Every epoch will have its modern man according to this definition since the leading edge of experience will be constantly changing like a wave front. The standpoint of the modern man of one epoch ... will appear to have been merely the myth of that period to the modern man of another epoch ... There will be an existential truth in every myth ... and in our myth too ... a truth which can be measured ... by the power of the myth to solve what [Dunne calls] the 'problem of death.'
  2. In its most general form the problem of death would be this: 'If I must someday die, what can I do to satisfy my desire to live?'"
  3. With these prefatory remarks, Dunne takes his fortunate readers on an incredible adventure to tour the cities of the gods throughout history to find the answers offered to this still compelling issue.
  4. Here are intellectual insights at the highest, most accessible levels. Timely and timeless for everyone who lives on the leading edge. Highest recommendation.


Sheldon Press (27 Jun 1974)

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