The Hero: The Enduring Myth That Makes Us Human

The Hero: The Enduring Myth That Makes Us Human Review

In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world – arguing that we need them now more than ever.

From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, we have always had our heroes. The hero is at the centre of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day in world-conquering books, films and TV shows. But why do these characters continue to inspire us, and why are they so central to storytelling?

Scalpel-sharp on the roots of storytelling and enlightening on the history and science of myth, The Hero is essential reading for anyone trying to write or understand fiction. Child teaches us how these stories still shape our minds and behaviour in an increasingly confusing modern world, and with his trademark concision and wit, demonstrates that however civilised we get, we’ll always need heroes.

Title:The Hero: The Enduring Myth That Makes Us Human
Edition Language:English

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  • Khurram

    The hero trapI am a bit disappointed and dissatisfied with this book. I will be the first to admit I bought this because it was written by Lee Childs. It is probobly my own fault for not finding out w...

  • Matt

    If you have ever been on public transportation or sat in a location frequented by many you do not know, you will have discovered there is always someone who wants to share their story. Be it a tale fr...

  • Bruce Hatton

    The creator of, possibly, the most unique modern example of this enduring character, takes a look at the possible genesis and evolution of the mythology centered around the hero.The opening sentence i...

  • kartik narayanan

    The Hero is a short non-fiction work by Lee Child which ought to have been even shorter.At the outset, let me say that I would have probably read this book even if it wasn't authored by Lee Child due ...

  • Paula

    Compact,brilliant....

  • Brandon Forsyth

    So I guess I have to read a Jack Reacher now. This is an eloquent, well-argued treatise that somehow manages to be a big history of the world, a literary examination of storytelling, and an examinatio...

  • Kay

    What did I just read?? uhhh 2.5 starsThis book appears to be about human evolution. It also explore the word "hero". I am not sure the introduction with poppy>morphine>heroin fits. Okay....it's heroic...

  • Robert Bidinotto

    I really had looked forward to this book. Lee Child had been one of my inspirations as a writer. His Jack Reacher character has become a heroic cultural icon, and with good reason. Reacher is extraord...

  • Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)

    "This was a radical mental jump in a completely different direction, never before attempted. This was imagining a parallel or theoretical universe where things could happen based on experience, but no...

  • Steven R. McEvoy

    Interesting but no where near what I expected. Full review below....This book was not exactly what I was expecting when I picked it up. I cannot put into words what I was expected, I had been thinking...