The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall Into the Woods by John Yorke The Triumph of Narrative. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, Gottschall tells us what it means to be a storytelling animal. Did you know. Now Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. He argues The Storytelling Animal finally reveals how stories shape us.

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This is my story, and the frogs are my property! If you’re a depth reader and a fan of reading, 3-star it and mine what you will.

It seems to me there is no doubt that people are addicted to good story.

Bees tell each other where the flowers are, ants leave pheremone trails to food, and mammals, birds and amphibians of all varieties advertise mate-seeking status, warn kin of predators nearby, and announce food availability. Every being she imagined and made come alive through the magical frog kissing procedure seemed to need something else, and her garden grew wilder and wilder, and more and more complicated.

Anomal what about your own story? Unwilling to admit his lack of regal-ness, the king proceeds to parade about naked in front of his subjects, who, also terrified to admit they might be un-cool, praise the beauty of his raiment.

National myths can also be terribly dangerous: If you’re a big fiction-reader or fiction-viewer, or bothread it–and the next time someone gives you a hard time for wasting so much of your life on fluff when you could be engaged in serious, gohtschall pursuits like reading about the history of braille or baking a loaf of bread or spending the time working so as to make more money etc.


The problem lies in him arguing that storytellinf has answers which he in fact does not, and those shortcomings become painfully apparent as the book goes on. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I get that this is a popular nonfiction title for a general audience, but your readers deserve more than a couple of short Steven Pinker quotes when you casually cast away thousands of years of religious traditions and replace it with World of Warcraft.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. There are many distinguished scholars who write interesting and informative books for the general public. Written by an Engish professor at Washington and Jefferson College, Jonathan Gottschall, it’s as good as anything you will ever read about stories and how they mold us as individuals and hold our societies together. Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives.

The Storytelling Animal finally reveals how stories shape us. National myths can also be terribly dangerous: There was a bucket to draw water from the deep dark bottom. In the Emperor’s New Clothes, the king pays a pair of con artists handsomely to sew for him the finest clothing in all the country.

The Storyteller thought of making peace and sharing the immensity of the creation equally.

The Storytelling Animal – Jonathan Gottschall

May 21, Storytellung rated it liked it Shelves: The Storytelling Animal finally reveals how stories shape us. Anyway, it was an interesting enough reading, even if not very original. And she watched in amazement uonathan a well was buil In the beginning, there was a word, and the word was Storyteller.


Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. Look at the negative reviews.

To him, they are not so much escapist nerds as wise storyrelling who are simply embracing a more palatable world and story at the expense of a more boring and despairing one the story that is their lives in the “real” world. And she watched in amazement as a well was built out of thin air. Bad things do not happen because of a wildly complex swirls of abstract historical and social variables.

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

They are full of truth. We devour novels, films, and plays. Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. With the loss, the era of the fairy tales ended and the era of reality began.

Again, the lack of a clear stream is evident along with an absence of knowing what Gottschall is proposing. Yet in the mind of the student, the reference are there, so the point has been made.

However, to get a good experience contemplating about life in general, both of them are valid. Basically, more questions are posed than answered; but the science which is discussed is remarkable and often times conclusive.

As I read this I could see the torch being passed and realized that I was reading the words of the next great mind in Non Fiction.