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The author of the book: Lewis Hyde
ISBN: 1299207529
ISBN 13: 9781299207523
Language: English
Edition: Vintage Books
Date of issue: May 15th 2013
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 444 KB
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Reader ratings: 7.8

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I tried to like this book, since it had come so highly recommended, and it was in a 25th anniversary edition. If it has been in print all those years, there must be something to it, right? Nope. First of all, it's badly structured. The first half is an extended discussion of the concept of gifts (vs paying for things) in ancient vs modern societies. Once you get the basic point, that (especially older) societies exchanged goods and services as gifts, not for money, and that Hyde thinks that's a better way to do it, then you've got the idea. He says that an artist basically has to straddle the world of gifts (because his/her art is best thought of as a gift, both received and given to the world) and the world of commerce (gotta pay the rent). The second half of the book then talks about Whitman and Pound, two worthy poets, but hardly connected in any real or useful sense to the foregoing gift discussion. Second (and my other main complaint about the book) is that Hyde beats the gift horse to death. He defines, ponders, muses, and ruminates about various aspects of what is after all a pretty simple concept for pages, weaving in fairy tales, ethnography (much of it outdated or inaccurate), and random commentary about various writers and artists. It's a maddening, frustrating book that is simultaneously more and less than it aspires to be.


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A book that has changed and continues to change my life for the better!

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