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Trickster Makes This World Paperback – 1 Jan 1999


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: North Point Press; Cover Worn, Notations on Bep edition (Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865475369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865475366
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 15 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,234,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan 1998
Format: Hardcover
No lover of myth, folklore, or the arts should be without it. I can't recommend this book (or The Gift) too highly. Many thanks to Lewis Hyde for these inspiring works.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Danielle Bradley on 2 May 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have just finished writing a (slightly gushy) email to Lewis Hyde to tell him how amazing I think he is. As far as this book goes, I have genuinely never read anything better on the subject of Tricksters. I have been looking for this book for a long time without realising it existed.
The author is incredibly intelligent and leads you down paths of logic and exploration that will leave anyone interested in myth/tricksters with their jaw hanging open and a smile on thier face. I love this book. The wisdom and depth of the text is incredible.
I adore tricksters. And I have spent a long time researching them. This is something that has completely changed how I view some of the elements of what it is to be a Trickster.
I can't rave enough.
Fantastic!! Buy it!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. T. Brunetti on 18 April 2011
Format: Paperback
The other review here has a valid point: hyde barely mentions the artists whom he is suggesting are modern tricksters. Sure, he mentions Picasso, almost in passing, but he mostly concentrates on analysing folk myths and tales to bolster his point about how culture needs an 'outsider' force to disrupt the norm, to push it forward.

In which case, I would've like two extra things from this book: a) at least one chapter devoted to applying his logic into an artists life, showing how he believes the artist indeed embodies the trickster (instead, Hyde uses the narrative of a slave in revolutionary America) and b) how this trickster figure fits into modern religion (as it clearly does - although maybe that's another book).

This being said, this is an excellent book if, like me, you haven't already read the many folk tale books out there. I would also say, althought I can't qualify this, that if I had already done that, this book would still be a welcome addition to my shelf, as he raises some excellent points and I often found myself thinking about how these character archetypes not only help us understand the world, but fit into society. Which, I suppose on another level, is what Hyde tries to do. Sadly, I think he runs out of space to labour some of his briefer points.

Excellent book, though.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun 1999
Format: Paperback
"I can't see you, but I know you're there..." (Peter Falk in Wings of Desire) -- The hero, the martyr, the whore-with-a-heart-of-gold, the earth mother, the domineering father, ad nauseum, all the archetypes of our world, and of the worlds from which we come, have been done to death, and exist as fully realized options, niches in society, possibilities, definite shapes -- trickster is much more amorphous, less obvious, less overtly possible as an option, yet somehow always lurking somewhere nearby, stoking the creative fires and putting thumbtacks on unsuspecting seats. Hyde gives trickster the exegesis and the credit he rightly deserves but seems so often to dodge or come late to. Well worth reading, even if you disagree with Hyde's premise (as so many seem to).
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