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People of Paradox by Terryl L. Givens
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Oct 02, 2009

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Givens' introduction was well though-out, complex, and a fitting tribute to the paradoxes of Mormonism. Section II, focusing on the first 50 years of Mormon cultural innovation seemed hurried, but it might be that there just wasn't much to say. The chapter on literature felt particularly stretched for substance. My main complaint was with the third section, which purported to be the history of Mormon artistic culture since 1890. If Givens had subtitled his book "A History of Mormon Culture in the United States," he may have been somewhat justified in his approach. But the book in its existing form ignores or fails to research the breadth of exciting artistic endeavors in a worldwide religious tradition that goes far beyond the boundaries of the Inter-mountain West. Think of this book as a useful collection of already published material, but don't expect any brilliant new research.

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