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It is what it says,
This review is from: Puppetry and Puppets: An Illustrated World Survey (Hardcover)
What it says on the cover is what you get inside - a journey through time and around the world, looking at the nature of puppets and "the roles they have played in human societies".
After a brief and very readable chapter on the history of puppetry the book follows through on the idea of the roles of puppets, with headings such as: Politics, Crossing Between worlds, Sex, Living on the Edges.
'Lavishly illustrated' is such a cliche, but this book really is. There are full-page photographs in colour and black and white, of a huge range of puppets, both traditional and contemporary. Some of the images could be unsettling for children.
Sadly, puppetry has become associated in most people's minds with performance only for children. As well as looking at the fun side of characters like Kermit and Miss Piggy, this book tells the story of the deeper and sometimes darker aspects of constructed performers.
I find it informative and serious without being heavy, and every time I look through, I notice something new.