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A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong
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Dec 20, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: classics, dragons, for-guidance, religiony, short-stories, writing-on-writing, historical-fact
Read from December 20 to 23, 2011

Armstrong takes a reductionist and Western thought priveleging perspective, and can be a bit condescending in her quasihopeful/didactically pro-myth tone. But interesting enough I guess...

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12/23/2011 page 9
6.0% "Footnote to "homo ludens" following a footnote whose author's last name was Trask..."
12/23/2011 page 131
82.0% ""Creation stories had never been regarded as historically accurate; their purpose was therapeutic. But once you start reading Genesis as scientifically valid, you have bad science and bad religion.""
12/23/2011 page 140
88.0% "References to Joyce and Orwell and magical realism (as prophetic and mythic in the modern context...) almost redeem the book. Almost."

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