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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel / Weiser (October 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157324712X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573247122
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PHIL COUSINEAU is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer, storyteller and TV host. His fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the "soul of the world." With more than 25 books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name, the "omnipresent influence of myth in modern life" is a thread that runs through all of his work.

BOOKS: Cousineau's books include STOKING THE CREATIVE FIRES, ONCE AND FUTURE MYTHS, THE ART OF PILGRIMAGE, THE HERO'S JOURNEY: JOSEPH CAMPBELL ON HIS LIFE AND WORK, SOUL: AN ARCHAEOLOGY, and WORDCATCHER: AN ODYSSEY INTO THE WORLD OF WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WORDS. A book of essays and reflections on healing, restitution and atonement titled BEYOND FORGIVENESS published in 2011; a book of colorful words and word stories, THE PAINTED WORD: A TREASURE CHEST OF REMARKABLE WORDS AND THEIR ORIGINS, published in 2012; and BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL: ILLUMINATING WORDS FOR THE LONG NIGHT'S JOURNEY INTO DAY released in December 2013. Cousineau's books have been translated into nine languages, and he is a contributor to more than 30 other books.

TALKS & TRAVELS: Phil Cousineau lectures frequently on a wide spectrum of topics that reflect his mythic and scholarly journeys, including mythology, movies, writing, mentorship, beauty, language, travel, sports, and creativity. He has been the keynote speaker at major conferences as diverse as the Ansel Adams Centennial Celebration in Yosemite National Park and the Global View Symposium at Michigan State University. He has been invited to lecture at distinguished venues around the world and has collaborated and appeared with some of the great thinkers and philosophers of our time, including with mentors Joseph Campbell and Huston Smith. Cousineau enjoys collaborating with musicians and artists. An expert in pilgrimage and meaningful travel, Cousineau occasionally leads small group journeys to sacred and culturally rich places; in the Fall of 2014 he will take groups to Greece and Turkey.

FILMS: Phil Cousineau's screenwriting credits in documentary films have won more than 25 international awards and include: A SEAT AT THE TABLE, ECOLOGICAL DESIGN, WAYFINDERS, THE PEYOTE ROAD, WIPING THE TEARS OF SEVEN GENERATIONS, THE HERO'S JOURNEY; and the Academy Award-nominated FOREVER ACTIVISTS.

TV & APPEARANCES: He is currently the co-writer and host of GLOBAL SPIRIT, Link TV's "internal travel" television series broadcasting now on World and Local PBS stations. Cousineau has also appeared on CNN, The Discovery Channel, Fox News, and NFL Films, and been featured on Voice of America, PRI's The World, CBC's Tapestry, Deepak Chopra's Wellness Radio, and NPR's Weekend Edition. He has been interviewed for stories in TIME and NEWSWEEK as well as the NEW YORK TIMES. He has been a judge for the Emmys, the San Francisco Film Festival, and the PEN-WEST literary awards. Look for his expert commentary and mythic take on film among the special features on several Warner Brothers DVDs--from THE NATURAL and CONSTANTINE to BATMAN and SUPERMAN.

CONSULTING: An expert on mythology and film and the "hero journey" structure of screenplays, Cousineau consults on all types of writing projects.

Cousineau lives with his family in North Beach in San Francisco, California. He has just finished writing an ambitious book on beauty. Learn more about his work at http://www.philcousineau.net.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Clive on October 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was interesting in terms of riddle anthropology, and how various cultures use riddles. So if you are doing research about riddles this has some good information. However if you are looking for fun riddles to solve this is not the book. Many of the riddles inside are translated from other languages and cultures and make no sense in English.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dave Alber on July 3, 2006
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Riddles are enigmas that show us directly the irrational vigor of life beneath its rational veneer. Like Zen koans, riddles attack the conventional workings of the mind to open the mind beyond reason to the delight of the mystery before us.

Phil Cousineau's `A World Treasury of Riddles' is an accessible book about "enigmas, conundrums, puzzle poems, bafflers, charades, logogriphs, teasers, verbal jigsaws, queer words, and quiz questions." His style will delight young readers and those who enjoy a poetic flare for language. That said, the prose is also tight and to the point, its pith arrangement of vibrant language will surprise the more scholarly reader with its ease in tackling important questions within the cultural dialogue. From such a seemingly irrelevant topic Cousineau tickles our creativity and turns our awareness toward profound vistas. The simple or silly twist of tongue again and again reveals the profound, timeless, and eternal truths against which the ego breaks and the spiritual seeker finds solace.

The book itself is divided into five riddling sections: The Introductory, The Pleasury, The Guessery, The Sourcery, and The Unforgettery. Each has its own playfulness.

A World Treasury of Riddles is lyrical, poetic, and imaginative. An absolute wonder to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ellen on January 8, 2013
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This is a great little book. but the riddles and answers are in two separate sections and it makes it unwieldy. It's working for m purposes, but its truly awkward. The riddles themselves are grand.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lenore Chicka on January 26, 2010
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Excellent service, prompt delivery, excellent conditon
as described, packaged well.
Would use again.
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