Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer
Maps of the Imagination takes us on a magic carpet ride over terrain both familiar and exotic. Using the map as a metaphor, fiction writer Peter Turchi considers writing as a combination of exploration and presentation, all the while serving as an erudite and charming guide. He compares the way a writer leads a reader though the imaginary world of a story, novel, or poem to the way a mapmaker charts the physical world. "To ask for a map," says Turchi, "is to say, ‘Tell me a story.’ "
With intelligence and wit, the author looks at how mapmakers and writers deal with blank space and the blank page; the conventions they use or consciously disregard; the role of geometry in maps and the parallel role of form in writing; how both maps and writing serve to re-create an individual’s view of the world; and the artist’s delicate balance of intuition with intention.
A unique combination of history, critical cartography, personal essay, and practical guide to writing, Maps of the Imagination is a book for writers, for readers, and for anyone interested in creativity. Colorful illustrations and Turchi’s insightful observations make his book both beautiful and a joy to read.
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Review: Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as CartographerUser Review - Dave Moffitt - Goodreads
This book kept me up too late 3 straight nights. I found it completely absorbing and hard to classify. It is kind of like a book of philosophy, a history of map-making, and a highly impractical writer ... Read full review
Review: Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as CartographerUser Review - Daniel Riveong - Goodreads
Maps of the Imagination is a delightful read that takes us on a literary journey on the mental maps of novels and their writers. Turchi's work isn't so much a 'how-to' guide for writers; instead, he ... Read full review