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Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The puppet creates delight and fear. It may evoke the innocent play of childhood, or become a tool of ritual magic, able to negotiate with ghosts and gods. Puppets can be creepy things, secretive, inanimate while also full of spirit, alive with gesture and voice.In this eloquent book, Kenneth Gross contemplates the fascination of these unsettling objects—objects that are a ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 15th 2011 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jim Coughenour
This is a strange book, one that almost resists reading because it is so strange. It comes with some of the best blurbs I've ever seen. Rikki Ducornet: "You have in your hands a uniquely beautiful book... My copy burns brightly on my favorite shelf, beside The Poetics of Space, Eccentric Spaces and In Praise of Shadows." Richard Howard (surely the doyen of handcrafted blurbs): "Read it as you always meant to read the Bible: by chapters, by pages, persistently by sentences, readily pausing to con ...more
Kate Klein
I really loved the first five chapters, but found that it grew repetitive.
Gorgeously written, but often tedious. He is best when speaking about the lives of objects. I grew quickly tired of the elaborate, detailed descriptions of puppet shows.

His exploration of table settings in Chapter 2 was one of the most beautiful and inspirational things I have ever read.
Susannah Strong
Writing style reminds me of The Poetics of Space, but rewritten as an extended study on puppetry. Wonderful. Can't say enough good things about this one.
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