- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; Reissue edition (March 9, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780385192484
- ISBN-13: 978-0385192484
- ASIN: 0385192487
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dance of Life: The Other Dimension of Time Paperback – February 9, 1984
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First published in 1983, this book studies how people are tied together and yet isolated by hidden threads of rhythm and walls of time. Time is treated as a language, organizer, and message system revealing people's feelings about each other and reflecting differences between cultures.
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hed in 1983, this book studies how people are tied together and yet isolated by hidden threads of rhythm and walls of time. Time is treated as a language, organizer, and message system revealing people's feelings about each other and reflecting differences between cultures.
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Appointments by time vs. being late because a friend in need is more important.
Queueing for the bus vs. pushing and shoving to the front of the line.
Needing closure vs. pigeon-holing a half-completed but unimportant task, often for months or even years.
But most importantly, the book goes in great detail into how these cultural differences in the perception of time and sequence affect interactions between the races and between nations. I highly recommend Dance of Life not only for international travellers but also for anyone who has to deal with other cultures.
Hall gives clear explanations of how time is structured in other
non-Western world cultures. The idea for example that we have of days
and hours being empty boxes to be filled with our accomplishments
contrasts sharply with content-filled time, where
experiencing what natural cycles like seasons offer is central.
Put another way, as Joseph
Campbell used to say, "Is life a problem to be solved, or a mystery to be
lived?' Personally I'll go with the mystery, and I think Hall will too.