- Gebundene Ausgabe: 448 Seiten
- Verlag: Harpercollins Publishers; Auflage: Slp (1. Oktober 1998)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0722535996
- ISBN-13: 978-0722535998
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,5 x 4,3 x 29,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 395.448 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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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
'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.' MojoAlle Produktbeschreibungen
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 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?!
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.
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.