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One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair Paperback – July 1, 2002
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Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Touching on both the history and the psychological interpretations of this seemingly minor cultural cue, Peterkin analyzes the ever-changing shaving practices of celebrities, criminals, and carnival performers.
Quill & Quire (Quill & QUire)
Full of fascinating detail, the book has an accessible tone suited to its subject.
The Globe & Mail (Globe & Mail)
Peterkin entertainingly follows many a revealing strand. . .
Toronto Star (Toronto Star)
[This] is an entertaining book for those who boast facial hair and those who don't.
Vancouver Sun (Vancouver Sun)
While Peterkin has fun with witty quips from poets, playrights, philosophers, and theologians through the centuries, he is also quite serious and instructive. . .
Peterkin carves a witty, thought-provoking read from his bewhiskered subject matter.
Jam-packed with beard-related sidebar quotations and facts and figures, One Thousand Beards is a trivia-lover's delight, and an essential reference for anyone giving a barber-college valedictory address.
Fast Forward (Fast Forward)
This is the kind of information that can only make life happier, funnier, and a little bit more full. It not only freshly stocked my cache of trivia, but it opened my mind to the wealth of stories I can find in all of the places I would have never thought to look.
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More About the Author
He has published picture books for children as well as books on cultural history and medicine. He is a founding editor of ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities ( www.ars-medica.ca)and heads the Program in Health, Arts and Humanities at the University of Toronto
Top Customer Reviews
His interest was piqued, he says in his introduction to this delightful book, in "one of those perverse moments of inspiration." Walking to work in downtown Toronto, "rather than indulging my own thoughts as usual," he started noticing faces, and he then noticed that more than a third of the males were in some fashion bearded, soul patched, sideburned, mustachioed - and so it began. He wanted to uncover the meanings of facial hair, the "unconscious reasons" that men grew and tended beards, and even the "ritualistic symbolism of shaving." He wondered what women thought about beards. His survey expanded to his colleagues, his psychotherapy patients, and strap-hangers on the Toronto subway. (You might guess that he asked his friends, too.) He was off and running.
This marvelous and generously-illustrated book is the result of his considerable ability to tackle his subject with energy, brainpower, humor and a sense of fun. It's a documentary, a history, a survey, an appreciation, and a catalogue. There are hundreds of black and white illustrations, and topical quotations from famous and not so famous beard-wearers. Chapter 6 deals with the (usually) unwanted thing: "The Feminine Beard." The compulsory beard (the Taliban being a recent and dramatic example of mandatory beardedness) is examined, too - in a chapter on religious beards.Read more ›
I just finished reading this book and found it fascinating, enlightening, educational, and historical. ONE THOUSAND BEARDS also had a brilliant editor. The content follows a pattern organizational content put together beautifully from the introduction to the bibliography.
Allan Peterkin gave me the opportunity to look up certain words that I did not know the meanings of. However, I completed reading the book first and underlined parts of its vocabulary. Instead of using the dictionary during my reading, I waited until I waited until I was finished digesting the entire content of ONE THOUSAND BEARDS.
This is not a four star book. It is worth ten stars. Forget about the 1992 publishing date. ONE THOUSAND BEARDS is current, to the point, and an incredible read.
I was so impressed with this book; I would consider it an honor if I could get my copy autographed by the author. Hopefully if Allan Peterkin reads my review he will contact me through Amazon and make my wish a reality.
I have a great deal of respect for its author. The only thing left to say is congratulations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quality is great. Purchased as a gift. Took longer to get here than expected.Published 11 months ago by Melissa Harris
Gave this book as a gift this year. It was well received. Lots of interersting pictures and information. A fun gift.Published 13 months ago by Jesse R. Fritsch
Very good book and very interesting too, but I don't find the forked beard, a sign of evil, possessed men, heretics, and of course devils. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Esperanza
I read constantly and have dozens and dozens of books waiting for me to read-but when this one arrived I read it right away. I had to know all about beards. Read morePublished on January 31, 2006 by So. Calif book reader