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Ignore negative reviews. A succinct explanation of the evolution of fiction, and the hero.
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2019
I've read pretty much every academic treatment of the history of literature, devices therein, and especially creation of myth and the hero. The most impacting and classic and inclusive would be "The Hero With A Thousand Faces," by the late Joseph Campbell. Here, in this small, efficient volume, we get insight into Lee Child's genius. He has carefully researched the history of "story," and appropriately educates us on particular words we tend to take for granted in modern usage. So when a reviewer isn't interested in opium or how "heroin" was developed, why, and why that name was chosen, it is not useless information, but on the contrary is quite valuable information. I'm impressed at the precise and compressed nature of this volume, and anyone who ever wondered why they want more and more stories about reluctant heroes overcoming the odds, becoming outsiders by choice or circumstance, i.e. Robin Hood's evolutions, or one he doesn't mention, David v. Goliath, should appreciate this look into Child's intellect, which is quite subtle and, well, evolved. Five stars, and ignore the naysayers. I'd give this to a reader new to Childs, along with a copy of the first novel, "The Killing Floor," and if their IQ is over 130, they surely should be thrilled, and know why those of us who would have the best chance to survive another Ice Age are among us, and reading Childs.