The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall Into the Woods by John Yorke The Triumph of Narrative. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, Gottschall tells us what it means to be a storytelling animal. Did you know. Now Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. He argues The Storytelling Animal finally reveals how stories shape us.
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But as Gottschall shows in this remarkable book, stories can also change the world for storttelling better. It’s also a very well-written, entertaining and compulsively readable book–one of the first non-fiction books in a long time Jnathan stayed up late to finish.
Those who enjoy reading through scientific study summaries engagingly told, to be sure might enjoy those chapters more than I did. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country.
However, a lot of the book was an expansion on points made in the beginning of the book and I didn’t need it to enhance my understanding of the points already made. Mar 13, Son Tung rated it liked it. As a sorytelling, not only do I enjoy books but I am fascinated by the idea of stories in general.
And yes, tbe — as well as the persona developed by all reviewers — constitute yet another story. And then he compares that to something completely mundane, a good conversation starting point, maybe asking, “What would have saved this? He was tall, strong, and handsome, and he immediately worshipped her and made her feel precious. After a while, there were more frogs, a whole community.
But as Gottschall shows in this remarkable book, stories can also change the world for the better. We devour novels, films, and plays. I love readers and I love reading about reading.
The Storytelling Animal – Jonathan Gottschall
In this delightful and original book, Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. He examines how fiction — storytelling — helps us individually and globally. They sweat ink and cry ink, and goftschall they fhe cut, they bleed ink.
Jonathan Gottschall is an American literary scholar, the leading younger figure in literature and evolution. With the loss, the era of the fairy tales ended and the era ojnathan reality began. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. She tried to kiss the frog again for another wish to come true, but the magic was spent.
If the storytelling mind cannot find meaningful patterns in the world, it will try to impose them. Selected pages Page 2. This book artfully makes us examine the sheer amount of story that we consume and reflect upon how it forms our own personal narratives.
It does not contain practical advice on how to improve your storytelling skills. It’s often hugely insightful and almost always persuasive. What a weird book. It is the age of American Idol. The storyteller finishes, pats him on the back and they both have a good storrytelling laugh. At the core, they’re all Fiction may temporarily free us from our troubles, but it does so by ensnaring us in new sets of troubles.
Want to Read saving…. I get that this is a popular nonfiction title for a general audience, but your readers deserve more than a couple of short Steven Pinker quotes when you casually cast away thousands of years of religious traditions and replace it with World of Warcraft.
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
I learned nothing from reading this book about how stories make us human, and I found the writing sophomoric. As far as I can tell, the author drew on the works of real scholars, augmented his summaries thereof with musings Is Jonathan Gottschall padding a portfolio for tenure? If I could give a book a six-star rating, I’d probably give it to this book.
To be sure human non-fiction communications are more detailed, various and knowledgeable, but that is a difference in quantity, not quality, and places us squarely with our evolutionary kin.
And one would be right, as this book describes. Gottschall does not just focus at the societal level. But the Storyteller felt her heart break, her stomach turn, her head burst.
Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. But she was dreadfully hurt, and could not overcome her pride.
The many photographs and illustrations poorly reproduced add absolutely nothing to the arguments advanced by the author — they merely take up space in in a book that is already as short on pages as it is short on original ideas.
They are able to see, with terrible clarity, that they are not all that special. Gottschall’s book unlocked animaal in me. Moreover, he t What a weird book.
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human – Jonathan Gottschall – Google Books
Support for his points mostly comes from popular novels or cultural events. If you’ve ever heard of World of Warcraft, you should read that chapter. A garden appeared instantly before her inner eye.
Another celebrated scientist, Michael Gazzaniga, the pioneer of the split-brain neuroscience school, discovered that the two sides of the brain have different functions: The ink people of scripture have a real, live presence in our world. Happy people write happy stories. Statistics have proven that the average American only reads for about 20 minutes a day which includes various media forms.