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Songs of Ancient Journeys: Animals in Rock Art Paperback – December 5, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: George Braziller (December 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807615633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807615638
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,603,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elsa Marston is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, illustrated books, and novels, including Women of the Middle East: Tradition and Change, The Ugly Goddess, and The Griffin in the Garden. Her short story collection Figs and Fate: Stories About Growing Up in the Arab World Today was published in early 2005. She earned her Masters in International Affairs from Harvard University and an M.S. in Art Education from Indiana University. Marston resides in Bloomington, Indiana, with her husband, Iliya Harik.

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Format: Paperback
"Songs of Ancient Journeys" (isbn #0807615587) is a happy 'pairing' of author Elsa Marston with publisher George Braziller. Her readers are doubly fortunate because Braziller also published her 2005 book "Figs and Fate" (isbn #0807615544: see i-10-06 review).

These two books are handsomely presented by the designers and showcase the author's wide interests. She has written extensively for many years about the human condition & politics in the Middle East; has played with fantasy for young readers as, for example, in "The Runaway Gazebo" (isbn #0688102824); and in mystery, "the Cliffs of Cairo" (isbn #0451115309).

"Animals in Rock Art" (subtitle) is a departure, not a lengthy dissertation by any means, but is Marston's effective presentation of her response to exploration of the desert southwest & new experiments with poetry (thus the "Songs" of this title). She salutes many different animals that were depicted in rock carvings and pictographs by ancient artists.

Historians & archaeologists still puzzle over the significance of these images - - as will all the readers of this book. The impressive photographs and the poems each play a part in stimulating our imaginations & will doubtless inspire our own explorations into a wider knowledge of desert ecology and Native American mythology. Reviewer mcHAIKU predicts that most readers will find themselves enlarging upon Elsa Marston's thoughts of our inter-relationships on this planet by taking their own leaps of imagination, humor and whimsy.

The author appears to hold the key to unlocking her thoughts of the universe combined with a beautiful facility for writing these down almost in journal fashion. She must receive a deep satisfaction while delighting her unseen audience at the same time.
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