No Go the Bogeyman

No Go the Bogeyman

Scaring, Lulling, and Making Mock

Book - 1998
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Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 1998
Branch Call Number: HFX 700.453 W283n
Characteristics: xii, 435 p. : ill. (some col.)


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Jan 15, 2020

Ugh. I really worked hard on this book. I chose to read it because it was supposed to explore within mythology and storytelling "our age-old, outmoded notions about masculine identity and about racial stereotyping, and warns us of the dangerous, unthinking ways we perpetuate the bogeyman."

Does it? I don't know. I read at least 250 pages that boiled down to one idea. Cannibalism finds its way into mythology, folklore, folk traditions, and art. Ok, but why 250 pages just to say that over and over again? I got it the first time. One reviewer nailed the problem I think. It's as though the author found so many examples that she couldn't help but stuff them all into the book. It became mind-numbing.

This book also has whole paragraphs without a topic sentence and chapters that just don't add anything to the main thesis. And racism and masculinity? I didn't see those discussions anywhere.

Anyway, a hard-core enthusiast may slog their way through it, but I can't recommend it otherwise

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