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A Book of Surrealist Games Paperback – 23 Oct 1995

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc (23 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570620849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570620843
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.1 x 15.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Of great value to teachers, comedy writers and other problem-solvers, this is an illustrated compendium of ways to be inventive, humorous or absurd through irresponsibility or 'planned incongruity.'" — "Ballast Quarterly Review" " This extraordinary collection of word games, visual tricks and intellectual assaults on the conventional is a treasure trove of the artistic and socio-linguistic conundrums which the Surrealists— Andre Breton, Tristan Tzara and their associates— cultivated from the 1920s onwards. Its compiler, Alastair Brotchie, is to be congratulated for salvaging such fascinating if recondite material from the various obscure journals in which it first appeared." — "The Spectator"

"Of great value to teachers, comedy writers and other problem-solvers, this is an illustrated compendium of ways to be inventive, humorous or absurd through irresponsibility or 'planned incongruity.'"— "Ballast Quarterly Review "

"This extraordinary collection of word games, visual tricks and intellectual assaults on the conventional is a treasure trove of the artistic and socio-linguistic conundrums which the Surrealists—Andre Breton, Tristan Tzara and their associates—cultivated from the 1920s onwards. Its compiler, Alastair Brotchie, is to be congratulated for salvaging such fascinating if recondite material from the various obscure journals in which it first appeared."— "The Spectator "

"Of great value to teachers, comedy writers and other problem-solvers, this is an illustrated compendium of ways to be inventive, humorous or absurd through irresponsibility or 'planned incongruity.'" "Ballast Quarterly Review "

"This extraordinary collection of word games, visual tricks and intellectual assaults on the conventional is a treasure trove of the artistic and socio-linguistic conundrums which the Surrealists Andre Breton, Tristan Tzara and their associates cultivated from the 1920s onwards. Its compiler, Alastair Brotchie, is to be congratulated for salvaging such fascinating if recondite material from the various obscure journals in which it first appeared." "The Spectator ""

About the Author

Mel Gooding is the editor of the "Surrealist Games " box and coeditor of "The Playful Eye, " a book of games and visual tricks.


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This book full of ideas for strange party games and imagination expanding exercises. As it was written at a time of sexual repression most of the examples are sexual in nature which made it unsuitable for using with my kids, but that being said the ideas in it are great. My only quibble is the size of the book. It isn't great value but it is still worth getting if this is your thing.
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This book is elbows, because it freezes an eerie look into tangerines. Aldera frowned. His body would come magically to life again. Not closing the gates, Tembo to canned remaining salvation. In short, we loved it! Happy playing.
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I just got it and it is a lot of fun. The games in this are numerous and the applications vary from party games to serious brainstorming techniques. For me as an artist (I am a cartoonist and illustrator that is far more in aligned with fine art and comics than modernism or post modernism so this isn't fan boy review) I find it really useful to play these games to lighten u a bit and tap into my really creative and passionate side. I suppose more importantly I laugh a lot when reading the examples or playing the games and I imagine you would to. It also has examples and some of them will most likely make you react in pleasantly surprised manner as you say "some of this stuff is really good, don't know what does it mean I like it but really..."
Sorry if this is a crap review it is jut that I am sleepy having stayed u to 5 am playing these and I have not yet went to bed.
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Fascinating to find such a book, one of many creative games used by some of the greats.
Really enjoyed these both on a fun level, and on an intellectual level.
I would recommend these to anyone wishing to practice their creativity in a surreal way, I personally have found these abstractly useful to my music composition.
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