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The Seven Basic Plots

The Seven Basic Plots
Your Price: $42.95 CDN
Author: Christopher Booker
Publisher: Continuum
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 736
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 0826480373
ISBN-13: 9780826480378

About the Book:

Why we tell stories... everything ever written boiled down to seven plots.

Examines the basis of story telling in literature, film, and stage. The Seven Basic Plots is a remarkable and monumental book, which at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of basic stories in the world.

Using a wealth of examples, from ancient myths and folk tales via the plays and novels of great literature to the popular movies and TV soap operas of today, The Seven Basic Plots shows that there are seven archetypal themes which recur throughout every kind of storytelling. But this is only the prelude to an investigation into how and why we are programmed to imagine stories in these ways, and how they relate to the inmost patterns of human psychology.

Drawing on a vast array of examples, from Proust to detective stories, from the Marquis de Sade to E.T., author Christopher Booker then leads us through the extraordinary changes in the nature of storytelling over the past 200 years, and why so many stories have lost the plot by losing touch with their underlying archetypal purpose. Booker analyses why evolution has given us the need to tell stories and illustrates how storytelling has provided a uniquely revealing mirror to mankind's psychological development over the past 5000 years.

The Seven Basic Plots is a seminal book, which opens up in an entirely new way our understanding of the real purpose storytelling plays in our lives, and will be a talking point for years to come.

What people say:

"A Wonderful undertaking ... I am happy that people are once again looking at stories in this way." — Margaret Atwood, author

"This astonishing, enthralling, addictive and vastly referenced volume about the birth of imaginative literature belongs on every writer's desk. After reading it you'll see every novel you open in a different light." — Christopher Fowler, author in Independent on Sunday

"…one of the most diverting works on storytelling I’ve ever encountered." — Dennis Dutton, editor of the journal Philosophy and Literature

"A magnificent achievement. Erudite and beautifully written, thwe book reveals a profound insight into mankind's psychological needs and development. Stupendous." — Richard Harwood in the Sunday Telegraph

"This astonishing, enthralling, addictive and vastly referenced volume about the birth of imaginative literature belongs on every writer's desk. After reading it you'll see every novel you open in a different light." — Christopher Fowler, author in Independent on Sunday

"…remarkable parallels between the structure of the modern film Jaws and that of the Old English Beowulf." — Writing Magazine

"If you have any interest in fiction and the way it works, you will enjoy this exploration of the seven basic plots and how they have been adapted and developed across the centuries." — Writing Magazine

"…one of the most brilliant books of recent years…. Fantastically entertaining." — The Times

About the Author:

Christopher Booker is an English journalist and author. In 1961, he was one of the founders of the magazine Private Eye, and has contributed to it for over four decades. He has been a weekly columnist for the Sunday Telegraph since 1990.