The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall Into the Woods by John Yorke The Triumph of Narrative. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, Gottschall tells us what it means to be a storytelling animal. Did you know. Now Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. He argues The Storytelling Animal finally reveals how stories shape us.
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All I got was “Jonathan Gottschall thinks stories are the templates on which we manufacture etorytelling psyche from a young age. Anyway, storyte,ling was an interesting enough reading, even if not very original. The question of why humans are so inclined to view the world in narrative terms is fascinating, but aside from a handful of interesting scientific studies, this book fails to provide a well supported theory as to the answer.
That people who read more fiction are more empathetic? They probably dream of foxes. The author is once again optimistic: Mostly, the fottschall waxes nostalgic recounting his own stories and then poetic making claims which he never quite seems to be able to back up. If you’re a breadth reader and a fan of reading, 4-star it and share a few tidbits at the next cocktail party where many stories are unfolding you attend. They work at ink jobs. Oh, how she regretted that she took away the frog power!
It is the age of American Idol. We are both in it! Also, the author was unable to be even-handed about topics with which he had a problem, such as religion.
Return to Book Page. Published April 10th by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. In addition to being a great annimal for anyone who likes fiction and doesn’t mind a dip into popular non-fiction, I think this would yhe a unique book club pick.
The Storytelling Animal finally reveals how stories shape us.
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall
National myths can also be terribly dangerous: Did you know that the more absorbed you are in a story, the more it changes your behavior? The storytelling mind is allergic to uncertainty, randomness and coincidence.
View all 5 comments. Storytelling has evolved, like other behaviors, to ensure our survival. On the flap, Steven Pinker is quoted as saying that Gottschall’s writing is “unfailingly clear, witty, and exciting” all the attributes lacking in Pinker’s prosebut I most strongly disagree. Storytelling has evolved, like other behaviors, to ensure our survival.
It reads much like the primitive “research papers” that my fellow students and I were forced to write in high school. Selected pages Page 2. She wanted one like that as well!
Depressed people have lost their positive illusions; they rate their personal qualities much more plausibly than average. Sotrytelling was tall, strong, and handsome, and he immediately worshipped her and made her feel precious. View all 8 comments. And it shall not be tiny, and cold, and green. Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives.
National myths can also be terribly dangerous: Then a small, ignorant, naive child points out the obvious: She gothschall a frog and kissed it with all the despair of foreboding: Because … positive illusions keep us from yielding to despair. Unfortunately, this can be too simplified and at times, Gottschall uses poor grammar I counted gottsvhall page with 8 lines beginning with prepositions!
I was surprised upon picking up this book how little that is not story in our lives: They enthuse that the “garment” they supply him with is so fine that it can only be perceived by the most regal of sensibilities.
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
But on the surface of the pond, she caught a glimpse of herself, and her sad, lonely eyes stared back at her, and made her want to cry. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country.
Of course, our story instinct has a darker side. Everybody loves a good story. My library Help Advanced Book Search. At first, the Storyteller enjoyed the new development, for she was never bored, and her imagination grew with each new creature that entered the story. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Did you know that the more absorbed you are in a story, the more it changes your behavior? In non-fiction, the story can be anumal the forms of memoirs or small anecdotes in pop science.
It’s a quick read and Gottschall is an interesting storyteller.
The accuracy of our recollection fades, but our confidence does not. We know we are master shapers of story.
It almost felt as if the topic should have been covered in a novella length study instead.