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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Trinity University Press,U.S.; illustrated edition edition (5 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595340416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595340412
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Turchi is the Director of the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is the author of the novel The Girls Next Door and the story collection Magician, and the coeditor, with Andrea Barrett, of The Story Behind the Story: 26 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work and, with Charles Baxter, of Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Smith on 30 Dec. 2006
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This is something of an odd book, in that it tries to use the metaphor of the map as a way to present the writer as an explorer and presenter. The book has the sub-title "the writer as a cartographer" and its 240 pages are divided into chapters on such things as "projections and conventions", "theater of the world", and "a rigorous geometry". To be honest I was disappointed with my initial reading. The book in itself was interesting but it was not what I expected. Firstly I expected that the metaphor of the map would by fully exploited, at least in the visual sense. I also expected the author to focus more explicitly in his text on the actual process of mapping the creative thought processes of authors and writers. However it is true that Peter Turchi did highlight concepts such as purposeful omission, compression, perspective, orientation, emphasis, illusion, etc., as being fundamental both to map making and to writing. So my first reading was from the perspective of a cartographer as a writer (and I KNOW the sub-title is exactly the opposite). Let me now turn to my second reading, approached now the book as it should be approached - a storyteller as a "cartographer" of ideas. On this basis I found the book far more interesting, and the use of the map metaphor potentially quite risqué. It would however have been nice if some space had been given to the technical/scientific author, but nevertheless Turchi did give me some ideas about how a creative writer might try to "map out" his ideas and create a structure to allow the reader to explore a story. Unfortunately he did not introduce the ideas of interactive or non-linear narrative, or games as stories (or stories that are games without endings), where I think the map metaphor would have really come in to its own.Read more ›
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Delightful, sumptious discourse on the nature and meaning of creativity and the heuristic vale of maps.
For anyone who reads a lot about creativity this book is a real pleasure, wonderfully crafted and illustrated
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Really interesting and insightful take on how we create fictive worlds - does what it says on the cover - analyses the writer as cartographer. Oh, and well written too.
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