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Making Stories: Law, Literature, Life Paperback – 1 Apr 2003
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The best books have the capacity to change lives, sometimes by the sheer force of ideas communicated with felicity and grace. Bruner's short, compelling work "Making Stories" is just such a book. Bruner [makes] sharply visible what otherwise could be only indistinctly felt. He trains his searchlight on the complex and diverse uses not only of the conventional, easily recognized stories of myth and literature, but also of obscure stories, those found...buried within our culture, our institutions and ourselves.
About the Author
Jerome Bruner is University Professor at New York University and the author of many books, including Acts of Meaning; On Knowing; The Process of Education; and Toward a Theory of Instruction (all published by Harvard).
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The passages on self-making and culture are solid summaries of the leading ideas over at least a hundred years. (Remember, this book is short; one can find 500 page books on narratology.)
The groundbreaking opinion of Bruner is that narrative pleading is at the heart of psychology. Being a parent and a pet owner, I can understand what Bruner is saying (plus I teach the book regularly to my Critical Thinking students at Los Angeles City College, so I often am considering and reconsidering from students' points of view what Bruner says).
So, yes, there are more boring books about narrative and the role stories play in our lives, and there are some simplistic explanations, but Bruner's concise and pointed book is a real gem that many people can benefit from.
I love this book.