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The Modern Antiquarian: A Pre-millennial Odyssey Through Megalithic Britain : Including a Gazetteer to Over 300 Prehistoric Sites (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Oktober 1998

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Julian Cope has come a long way since the Teardrop Explodes. For eight years he has researched Britain's megalithic heritage in order to write about its inspirational and mythic importance.The Modern Antiquarian is quite an achievement, in which the singing space cadet once more reconciles himself to Earth. Book One is a series of ten essays reconstructing British paganism prior to the muscular intervention of Christianity. Seriously subjective, frequently wayward, they collectively seek to recover the Great Goddess, and restore a sense of femininity and spirituality to our landscape, dotted with its long barrows and standing stones. In the process, Cope introduces imaginative etymosophies [sic] and some wonderful chapter headings, such as "Why the Romans were so Heavy", and "Ur Indoors", while indulging his distaste for cities and his love of Roman-bashing, for their corruption of collective folk memory, and the straightness of their roads. Cope's own infectious vision is, understandably, more circular, if not exactly rounded. It would be easy to mock, with its amateur snaps (sometimes including a variously coiffed Cope or family, for scale, one presumes), and homespun New Age philosophy. However, Book Two, a rainbow-indexed gazetteer to over 300 prehistoric sites in Britain, is tremendous. Each entry combines a photograph, Ordnance Survey directions, a paragraph of geo-historical significance, and a personal observational note of Cope's. Occasional poetry surfaces--"Atop Knap Hill I eat my snot/For 'tis the only food I got"--but generally the absurdities are kept at bay, as St Julian leads us on a pilgrimage. There are even charming guidelines for those who use the gazetteer properly, including the invaluable tip to keep a plastic bag down your sock to collect rubbish in (Julian does). Splendidly eccentric, impossible not to enjoy, and as much a map of the errant genius of Cope as the land with which he so passionately communes. --David Vincent

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'Utterly unique...opens a real window on Britain's prehistory.' The Times 'A unique blend of information, observation, personal experience and opinion... A strange and marvellous artefact.' The Independent 'Not only a joy, but a useful field guide.' The Guardian 'Immensely detailed and sumptuously illustrated...an essential guide' The Daily Telegraph 'A remarkable fusion of scholarship, practical advice and visionary insight' Daily Express 'A sumptuous technicolour delight. Erudite, playful and provocative.' Mojo

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Von Ein Kunde am 4. November 1999
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The last thing you might associate Julian Cope with is a book about British Neolithic sites but this book is actually rather good. As someone who lives near many of them and who has a passing interest I was grabbed by his enthusiasm. He manages to infect the reader with a sense of place and wonder, after all, these Stones meant a lot to the people who put them there- Julian Cope seems to understand that. Rather than being a re-hash of some mad Von-Daniken book or an 'Aliens must have built these' afficiando he has done his homework and produced a book that could stand in pride of place beside any University textbook. Don't let put you off, an excellent text.
Even if you aren't too keen on the opinions and the poems this book is an excellent guide to British neolithic sites and who knows, it might make you want to visit them yourself. You should.
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"The Modern Antiquarian" is a gorgeous book. It comes bound in a hardcover bright orange and metallic blue, the spine reminding me of a "sharp right turn" sign or a succession of Chevrons. The "dust jacket" is actually a hard cardboard dark blue and orange case with a cut-out in the center that focuses on a white sillouette of a dolmen, which is imprinted on the orange book cover itself. All the looks aside, this is a fabulously informative book on a subject which you can never have enough information. Julian Cope obviously took the time and effort to research and photograph the numerous prehistoric sites listed. He includes essays on the different folk-lores, theories, and conjectures that are forever lingering in such mysterious and unknown structures. His descriptions of the sites are very passionate and personal. He incorporates enough poetry, maps, personal photos, and enthusiasm to immerse the reader into taking the journey with him. The pages are full with pictures and are color-coded according to region. Anyone who is interested in prehistoric Britain, stone circles, or the just the very beginnings of human culture should read this book. It is a wonderful guide to a wonderful place.
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Von Ein Kunde am 21. Oktober 1999
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Once again, the Drude has proven that he is genius! Having not much in the way of knowledge regarding the stones of England, Julian has made it interesting to this disinterested American.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating mix of megalithic travel/history/culture & personal journal - I LOVE IT! 16. November 2014
Von Su-Q - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I received the book earlier today & have just spent 4 straight hours going through it, page by page & picture by picture, with a magnifying glass - not because the pics aren't clear but just to see as many details as possible.

The main reason I bought this book is that I'm landlocked in the middle of the US (Wyoming) & while I may have an opportunity to travel to Great Britain at some point I would never be able to visit all these fascinating sites. This book is my next best option & I'm not disappointed. Some reviews have complained about inaccuracy of "facts" - while I can't speak to that, I can say I appreciate Cope's style of writing: conversational, understandable, doesn't assume the reader lives there & knows pronunciations but also doesn't assume the reader is a complete idiot. I love the vivid color pics, maps, descriptions, weather notes, personal thoughts & feelings.

***ANYONE - ONE QUESTION: on page 355, Lochbuie Stone Circle, upper right of picture - strange moon (thru clouds?!) or UFO?!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not perfect, but worth every penny. 17. Juni 2007
Von Jeff D. Thompson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Okay- TMA isn't an authoritative guide to neolithic sites. There's a lot of Mr Cope's opinion in here, and a lot of quasi religious/spiritual writing. If that's not your cup of tea, just don't read those parts.
What TMA is, however, is an excellent, well made, beautifully put together, funny, sweet, inspiring, encyclopedia of all the special neolithic sites in Britain. I've used it as a guidebook on three trips to the country, to see neolithic sites (actually, I've xeroxed the appropriate pages----the book is really heavy).
If you live in the UK, or if you are visiting, treat yourself to this book and visit a few sites. You will not regret the book, and you certainly won't regret visiting the sites.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Mega reference book 8. Juli 2016
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Brilliant. Excellent source of information.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Lovely but Strange 20. Juni 2005
Von Lovblad - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Very well documented book on this subject. While personally I know little about it, Julian Cope has obviously invested some time and energy into this lovely book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen great book, beware the 'facts'! 17. Dezember 2001
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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first to say - I've had my copy of the modern antiquarian for a few years now and it's enjoyed pride of place in my car for most of that time. never a book to be without if you're driving around britain.
but.. whoever thought this serves as a textbook must be.. new to the subject. some of the scholarship in here (the etymology in particular) is so wonky that I've laughed out loud while reading it - and this is not said as a cynical person. there are some really basic, glaring, wince-making errors, where julian has just tried to fit facts to his story.
the reason why I DO keep a copy with me is the second half, the gazetteer. this is written with so much energy, awareness and good humour that it becomes more of a companion than a book. accurate location details and directions, beautiful presentation, off-the-cuff poems, a sense of the author's own reaction and spirit. a really uplifting read - all the more reason why I wish the first half wasn't so shaky.
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