- Gebundene Ausgabe: 353 Seiten
- Verlag: Handbooks of World Mythology; Auflage: Annotated edition (15. Oktober 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1576078949
- ISBN-13: 978-1576078945
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,3 x 2,7 x 26,5 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 995.029 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Handbook of Polynesian Mythology (Handbooks of World Mythology) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 15. Oktober 2004
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"Overall, this handbook makes available a wide range of infomation suitable for students ranging from high school to undergraduate and general interest readers." -
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"This will be a useful volume for undergraduate collections . . . Recommended." -
"This will be a useful volume for undergraduate collections . . . Recommended." - Choice
"Overall, this handbook makes available a wide range of infomation suitable for students ranging from high school to undergraduate and general interest readers." - American Reference Books Annual
A concise reference source on Polynesia's complex mythology this book contains an annotated bibliography of the major introductory commentaries on Polynesian mythology and culture and an extensive glossary.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Physically the book is attractive. It has rock-solid binding that will take a good amount of wear and tear, and is liberally sprinkled with black and white photographs of the subjects discussed, on everything from sculptures of the various gods to regional flowers that feature in the belief structures of the native peoples of each island group. A few of the photos are a little murky, but in general the quality is good. I like Dr. Craig's writing style; he will occasionally add a personal anecdote to the information and I like this, as it gives things a less academic flavour, though others may disagree.
There are a few typos but nothing major. The country of Chile is called Chili in some entries (which I actually find rather amusing) and in one story a character is referred to as a grandfather of the main character when I think father is meant...but really, it isn't a big deal.
The biggest question is whether the book is worth the $83 that is its current price on Amazon. I am torn what to say here: on the one hand that amount of money is a lot to ask for a book, however informative and well-bound, with no colour photographs; on the other the book itself is great, well-written and informative, and I'm sure it will prove extremely helpful to anyone interested in the fascinating world of old Polynesia.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that all entries are cross-referenced. There is also a very handy glossary of Polynesian words at the back of the book.