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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2007
The book is superb - scholarly and beautiful. Williams connects the Tarot with Greek mythology, so exciting to the first users of the cards in the princely courts of Renaissance Italy; his writing is lucid and elegant and his use of literary and visual sources, from Homer to Shakespeare, ancient funereal stelae to Michelangelo, inspirational. He is deeply responsive to the Tarot without being silly or fake-Egyptian. He writes in the tradition of Edgar Wind, not A.E. Waite.
Mrs. Glenister's anxiety about the cards' gayness seems very odd to me. Williams makes the four suits of the minor arcana into four allegorized mythological narratives, such as Ficino might have admired: Achilles for the Swords, Heracles for the Staves, Psyche for the Cups, Persephone for the Coins. Most of the figures, male and female, are nude, except for the court cards. If this bothers you, much Classical art will probably do so too ...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 1998
This beautiful deck is simply lovely. The images are homoerotic in the classical style, very much in the spirit of the rennaissance period. It has been nicknamed a "gay deck" by some, but I feel that is a bit narrow of thought.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2002
I loved the quality of the overall artwork and colour scheme, but I'm afraid the prevalance of naked male genitalia really put me off. I simply could not work with this deck and had to dispose of it. Many of the pictures are indeed homo-erotic...but that, in itself, does not bother me as I am not homophobic; it is simply the naked genitles everywhere - I would feel as put off by it if they were heterosexual images.
If you are looking for a serious deck to work with whose imagery truly focuses on the meanings of the cards, steer clear of this one. Personally, I don't think you can beat the fabulous Ride-Waite.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2002
I loved the quality of the overall artwork and colour scheme, but I'm afraid the prevalance of naked male genitalia really put me off. I simply could not work with this deck and had to dispose of it. Many of the pictures are indeed homo-erotic (as a previous reviewer mentioned) but that, in itself, does not bother me as I am not homophobic; it is simply the naked genitles everywhere - I would feel as put off by it if they were heterosexual images.
If you are looking for a serious deck to work with whose imagery truly focuses on the meanings of the cards, steer clear of this one. Personally, I don't think you can beat the fabulous Ride-Waite.
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