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Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer Paperback – August 28, 2007
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"Peter Turchis associative style leaps from fanciful fiction to the most sensible of maps. . . ." -- New York Arts Magazine, November/December
"Turchi's book, like any good map, tells us where we are and urges us to discover more." -- Charlotte Observer, Sept. 24, 2004 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Especially interesting is the portion of the book devoted to the empty spaces on maps.
I can't resist Turchi's wonderful phrases, such as:
"...a blank on a map becomes a symbol of rigorous standards; the presence of absences lent authority to all on the map that was unblank."
It will take you on a journey. And the book is lovely to look at and hold.
Turchi's book is a genuine treasure! His prose is wonderful, full of rich images and musical language throughout. It could easily serve (and probably has done) as the text for a creative writing course, and there are thought-provoking passages on just about every page. The illustrations, too, as a prior reviewer has noted, are beautiful and fascinating. Turchi has unearthed kinds of maps I'd never conceived of before, placing them alongside medieval mappaemundi, early political maps, upside-down maps, maps drawn by children, maps drawn from memory -- you name it! Throughout the book, Turchi reinforces the point that cartography is an excellent metaphor for the way writers think, write, and revise. And as obvious a metaphor as you might be tempted to think that is, Turchi continues to surprise and delight with his imaginative insights, page after page.
The book, too, is an absolute jewel (I'm speaking of the first edition hardcover here). The perfect weight, with heavy boards bound in cloth and a sewn binding; the perfect paper weight, highly readable type, and excellent use of color throughout. This is how all books should be made.
I can't rave enough about it. Check it out for yourself, and I don't see how you could be disappointed. The only real disappointment comes when you turn the last page and find no others to follow it.
I received this book as a gift from someone who I respect. It seemed an odd gift, but now I understand it. This is one of the best non-fiction books that I've read in quite a long time. In this book, Turchi gives us a fascinating and engaging extended essay about writing. He compares it to the art and science of cartography, pointing out the myriad and unexpected ways in which cartography and writing are similar.
While the idea is an interesting one, Turchi makes it all the more approachable through the examples and quotes that he sprinkles liberally throughout the book. This is possibly the only book that references both the storytelling of "Lolita" as well as that found within the Road Runner cartoons that I grew up with. I found myself constantly writing down more books, stories, and poems that I needed to read, based on how they were discussed herein. Many of them are books that I've been meaning to read, such as "Treasure Island", others are authors that I've heard discussed before but never in a way that made me want to rush out and read them.
The book is full of maps, ranging from early maps of the world to a map drawn by the author's son showing locations in town for street luge. These maps serve as a reminder of one of the central points of the book: cartography and writing both choose what to illuminate and what to ignore. I remember annotating a map with landmarks that I found useful, which tells you just as much about what I found useful at the time as it tells you about what I didn't find useful at the time.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I feel like I need to send a copy of it to every writer I know.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. It's like a breath of fresh air. If you've ever tried to write or thought about writing, this book is really insightful. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ms. KrispyKreme
Excellent text that helped me write the start of a new story and gave me direction on where to go next.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not a cartographer, nor a novelist and still author Peter Turchi held my attention till the end. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ivan Seymus
The writing is lovely and the content is odd and graceful and potent all at the same time. I love also the way this book was made: thick pages, beautiful map illustrations. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by P.S. Frankel