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5.0 out of 5 stars WELL DONE ADELE, 16 Dec 2011
This review is from: The Illustrated Signs and Symbols Sourcebook (Hardcover)
I cannot praise Adele Nozedar enough. Having read and treasured her beautiful book 'The Secret Language of Birds', I now have her stunningly illustrated semiotic bible - The Signs and Symbols Sourcebook.

As an author and poet on Amazon myself, I find her books a great inspiration. A couple of cups of strong black coffee and a read of the Sourcebook and ideas for poems and short stories come tumbling out: buy this book and look at pages 434 to 436 for an excellent exposition textually and graphically of the Rune alphabet and its many meanings - the Runes each have a tree and a god to look after them.

Surrounding these pages are around 550 others, rich in meaning and interest. The introduction itself is worth its weight in gold for the sheer intellectual pleasure the words bring.

Adele lives above the UK's notoriously interesting Hay-on-Wye where I have spent many happy hours either walking in the Black Mountains or searching for - and finding - obscure books on 'King Arthur' and the Holy Grail.

Adele writes with empathy - she understands her subjects. She knows readers will want a wide variety of concepts and she supplies the most esoteric collection of them: read this book to find the 'Raelian Star', or the 'Horns of Odin', the symbolism of 'buckwheat', 'the black skin of Kali' or 'Sedna' the Inuit sea-goddess. You can find out who the 'Domovoi' are, the colour of Tezcatlipoca's cloak, the magical properties of the 'Balche' and what to do after you have held fine rice powder between finger and thumb.

Producing an encyclopedia this size must be hard. Adele has shown a love of her subject but also great dedication in ensuring the book is comprehensive. Well done to her editorial team too. Sourcing the thousands of illustrations must have been a nightmare - but it is the visions conjured by these as well as the words that make this a book to buy - for a superb Christmas present - or for a great gift between friends.

So thank you Adele and keep up the outstanding work you are doing!

David E P Dennis
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Initial post: 9 Jan 2012 17:20:47 GMT
wow, what a fantastic review! Thanks David. This book was a work of much love and the review is very much appreciated.
Adele Nozedar
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