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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mediocre in contrast with other's covering the same work
For contrast, try Kenneth Rexroth's book "Classics Revisited". Rexroth was "the father of the beatniks" and steeped in a much more humane understanding of the classics. Rexroth's book discusses sixty volumes, most of which also appear in "The Creators". (Examples pro and con: Illiad & Odyssey, Beowolf, Njal's Saga, Job, Mahabarata,...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Boorstin's shallow narrative on the history of 'the creator'
I found 'The creators', as a narrative piece, to lack the in-depth analytical reasoning that the subject demands. Boorstin builds a mosaic of his subject from specific characters and creative 'advances' throughout history, and whilst he succeeds in opening the door to a piecemeal understanding of creative progression, we do not gain insight into the ebb and flow of...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Boorstin's shallow narrative on the history of 'the creator', 15. Mai 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination (Taschenbuch)
I found 'The creators', as a narrative piece, to lack the in-depth analytical reasoning that the subject demands. Boorstin builds a mosaic of his subject from specific characters and creative 'advances' throughout history, and whilst he succeeds in opening the door to a piecemeal understanding of creative progression, we do not gain insight into the ebb and flow of creativity from one era to the next. In effect, we are viewing the outcomes rather than the underlying driving forces behind creativity. I enjoyed this book for its short and succinct precis on individual heroes and their life's work, but ultimately yearned to know more about the zeitgeist from which they sprang - or ultimately created.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mediocre in contrast with other's covering the same work, 20. Mai 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination (Taschenbuch)
For contrast, try Kenneth Rexroth's book "Classics Revisited". Rexroth was "the father of the beatniks" and steeped in a much more humane understanding of the classics. Rexroth's book discusses sixty volumes, most of which also appear in "The Creators". (Examples pro and con: Illiad & Odyssey, Beowolf, Njal's Saga, Job, Mahabarata, Kalevala, Sappho, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Plato, Livy, and so on, through Mark Twain and Chekhov. A second volume contains similar sweep across different authors/works.) And the contrast is astounding, even when Rexroth veers close to Boorstin and says these classic texts are "basic document in the history of the imagination".
A review of Rexroth's book in the Villlage Voice, written three decades ago, says that "The talk is expansive, linking the archaic and the immediate, finding in Euripides 'the first psychedlic system of values, a middle-class substitute for mystical vision,' or noting how in Caesar's _Gallic War_ 'the simple nouns and verbs carom off each other like billiard balls... The rapid and complex movement of simple elements deploys on the page exactly like the battle it describes.'...The books he loved he saw as emanations of living feeling, lines of communication miraculously kept open."
Or, to quote from Rexroth himself: "Life may not be optimistic, but it certainly is comic, and the greatest literature present man wearing the two conventional masks; the grinning and the weeping faces that decorate theatre prosceniums. What is the face behind the mask? Just a human face -- yours or mine. That is the irony of it all -- the irony that distinguishes great literature -- it is all so ordinary."
Without denigrating the non-Western tradition as Boorstin does -- in fact, by including essays about non-Western classics -- and without paying homage via knee jerks, Rexroth succeeds better.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Useful Overview of "Great Western Art" But Nothing New, 30. April 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination (Taschenbuch)
This unfortunately myopic and "catholic" work offers a readable overview of many of the great artists of Europe (and a smattering located elsewhere). But the treatment of non-European traditions demonstrates a series of basic misunderstandings regarding the cultures the author (nearly) explains-away. (For example: No creation story in Vedic Cosmology? Please.) And, unfortunately, when dealing with European art, there are few analyses that set this work apart from, say, a long string Cliff's Notes or the articles one would find in a decent encyclopedia.
That said, if you have no idea who Leonardo was, or want to learn the basic structure of the Canterbury Tales, this book will help. Beyond that, I find the themes which unite the author's "summaries" insulting -- or banal, at best.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Creating an average read, 1. März 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination (Taschenbuch)
I think I was looking and hoping for stories behind the great works of art Boorstin researched. What I got in most cases was a description of the work. Since I'm familiar with most subjects covered in this book, I kept wondering why I wasn't reading or appreciating the work itself. At times this book is too detailed, recalling too many passages from particular works or focusing too much on one work and too little on others. I suppose the last statement is a judgement call, but this is a source for my dislike of this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Creators/a History of Heroes of the Imagination, 19. April 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination (Taschenbuch)
Need a crash course in world civilization? Boorstin delivers a wonderful message of over 10,000 years of human accomplishments. His detail of the human experience is direct and uncomplicated. "The Creators" is the first in a masterfully done trilogy, which in addition includes "The Discovers" and the "The Seekers". Boorstin enables us to enjoy a detailed overview of the current civilization occupying the third planet from the sun.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Creators/a History of Heroes of the Imagination, 19. April 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination (Taschenbuch)
Need a crash course in world civilization? Boorstin delivers awonderful message of over 10,000 years of human accomplishments. Hisdetail of the human experience is direct and uncomplicated. "TheCreators" is the first in a masterfully done trilogy, which in addition includes "The Discovers" and the "The Seekers". Boorstin enables us to enjoy a detailed overview of the current civilization occupying the third planet from the sun.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen past vistas illuminate the present, 6. August 1999
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certainly one of the better books i've read. boorstin's grasp of humanity's collective conscious over the ages is staggering. in our derivitive, post-modern, world it is utterly refreshing to accompany such an intellect on his bold quest for meaning. at times, the words ignited my mind. with regard to the painfully politically correct, knee-jerk, contention that boorstin is biased against non-western cultures, i assert; chill out.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thick but readable, and more than worth the time, 2. Mai 1997
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination (Taschenbuch)
Boorstin's approach to history is mind-engaging and his work is invaluable. His is not a textbook of historical "facts," but a cover-to-cover masterpiece of hard thinking and insight.
Boorstin's heroes of the imagination will become yours, and you'll feel you really owe him a big one
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A college education between two covers, 15. Oktober 1999
This is an outatanding selection for anyone who wants to understand little more about how we came to be who we are today. A stong background in history is not required, as Boorstin is a wizard when it comes to boiling a complex subject down to its bare essentials. I couldn't put it down.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A very non-historically accurate book, 20. September 1999
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A monotonous, inaccurate look at boring topics such as stone age architecture.
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