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User Review  - Paul_S - LibraryThing

Starts off by delivering on the title but even before halfway starts analysing and even moralising on the history of mankind. It tries to show how our perceptions of the world and its history are ... Read full review

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User Review  - hannahbond - LibraryThing

The premise of this book -- that all stories, from classics to modern movies, follow seven basic plots -- is intriguing. Booker has compiled a lot of examples to illustrate his analysis, and the ... Read full review

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User Review  - ElectricRay - LibraryThing

This book, which by all accounts has taken Christopher Booker 30 years to write, isn't the first attempt to distil all of storytelling down to a few archetypes. I dare say it won't be the last, either ... Read full review

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This is a 21st Century version of the book Mr Casaubon died before writing: the product of vast erudition, but, in sum, a long-winded, repetitious roman a clef, which didn't convince me as much as it obviously convinced the author. I think he fears that may be the case: the reader is constantly being dug in the ribs and reminded of what 'we' have just been discussing and what 'we' are going to learn about next. But there are many impressive insights to be found in the mountain of verbiage, and the reader who gets to the end will know more than when they started. 

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