Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Short History of...

I just finished the most fascinating book by Karen Armstrong called A Short History of Myth. It is a surprisingly short book that serves as the preface for a news series of books put out by the publisher Canongate. The series is devoted to the retelling of familiar myths in hope that they will then be more relevent to our times.

A lot of what she went over in the book was material I was familiar with or, more accurately, had been exposed to before. Even so, she was able to take on the giant task of covering the evolution of mythology over the last ten thousand years and distill that information down into concise liquor shots of knowledge that I found enlightening. I can't begin to imagine how difficult this task was. It was truly a Herculean task to create a short book on this topic an have it not be confusing let alone write one as informative as this.

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