A Short History of Myth (Myths series)

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Knopf Canada, Oct 29, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 159 pages
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What are myths? How have they evolved? And why do we still so desperately need them? A history of myth is a history of humanity, Karen Armstrong argues in this insightful and eloquent book: our stories and beliefs, our attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other. This is a brilliant and thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense – from Palaeolithic times to the “Great Western Transformation” of the last 500 years – and why we dismiss it only at our peril.

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User Review  - Kate - Goodreads

A slightly helpful book that, in a mere 150 pages or so, gives an overview of the role of myth in human existence. Slightly helpful in that, it does give the reader a sense of how myth has functioned ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nariman Mohamed - Goodreads

Amazing in everything- choice of words, structure, and information. Everything you need to know about myth from the very existence of man till today, in comparison to religion, science and technology! You think you know what "Myth" is, well read this book to find out. Read full review

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Karen Armstrong’s first book, the bestselling Through the Narrow Gate, described her seven years as a nun in a Roman Catholic order. She has since published numerous bestselling books, including A History of God, Islam: A Short History, Buddha, The Spiral Staircase and most recently The Great Transformation. She is a freelance writer and she lives in London.

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