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A Short History of Myth

By Karen Armstrong

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| Paperback | 9781841957036

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'We are meaning-seeking creatures. Dogs, as far as we know, do not agonise about the canine condition, worry about the plight of dogs in other parts of the world, or try to see their lives from a different perspective. But human beings fall easily in Continue

'We are meaning-seeking creatures. Dogs, as far as we know, do not agonise about the canine condition, worry about the plight of dogs in other parts of the world, or try to see their lives from a different perspective. But human beings fall easily into despair, and from the very beginning we invented stories that enabled us to place our lives in a larger setting, that revealed an underlying pattern, and gave us a sense that, against all the depressing and chaotic evidence to the contrary, life had meaning and value.' Karen Armstrong's concise yet compelling investigation into the history of myth takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the mythology of the hunters right up to the 'Great Western Transformation' of the last 500 years. She shows us that the history of myth is the history of humanity, and our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe, and of ourselves. Armstrong's characteristically insightful and eloquent book serves as a brilliant and thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense - and why we dismiss it only at our peril.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    中譯:《神話簡史》

    The book wasn't that bad
    It's juste that most of time I don't agree with author's POV

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    Noami said on May 15, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    The author is indeed an excellent thinker on human belief system.

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    Monling said on Feb 22, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    与其他生物不同,人类会不停的追问意义。就我们所知,狗并不因为它们身为犬类而烦恼,不会为生活在别处的犬族的生存状况而焦虑,更不会换一个角度来体察生命。但人类却很容易陷于绝望之中,因为从一开始我们就创造出各种故事,把自身放置于一个更为宏大的背景之上,从而揭示出一种潜在的模式,让我们恍然觉得,在所有的绝望和无序背后,生命还有着另一重意义和价值。

    A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong
    Chapter One: What is Myth

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    Phly said on Aug 10, 2009 | Add your feedback

Book Details

  • Rating:
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  • English Books
  • Paperback 168 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 1841957038
  • ISBN-13: 9781841957036
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Publish date: 2006-06-01
  • Dimensions: 64 mm x 709 mm x 1,160 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , Audio CD , Audio Cassette , Others , eBook
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