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Zeese Papanikolas forges seemingly disparate events and movements in western history—including some of its strangest and most exotic strains—into a coherent whole by examining them against the laughter and wisdom of Shoshonean trickster tales Seen against these tales the West becomes both a canvas for the projection of utopian dreams and the site of their shattered remains Papanikolas undertakes a dramatic retelling of Shoshoni creation stories and examines along with other topics the mythologies embedded in the “Dream Mine” of Mormon folklore the heroic images of cowboys and Wobblies the MX missile the dark side of Oz and the Las Vegas of tourists dam builders and gamblers Among those whose visions are played out against the mirage haunted background of the West are Cabeza de Vaca Winston Churchill Big Bill Haywood and Native American wise man Antelope Jake It is a testament to the power of Papanikolas's conception that he can weave the themes and topics of each chapter into a book that is both elouent and intellectually stimulating

11 thoughts on “Trickster in the Land of Dreams

  1. says:

    Oh how I wanted to love this book but I just couldn't uite get there Zeese Papanikolas besides having THE BEST name I have ever heard has an incredibly delicious writing style It's kind of like if Tom Robbins hooked up with Carl Jung and they hitchhiked to the Spirit Realm and then reported back through poetic mushroom telegraphs BUT the reason there are only three stars up there is that this book is so dark Now yes the life of a Trickster is very dark but it is also silly and ridiculous and that's what was missing from this book There was none of the sly funny tricks of Coyote and his ilk Instead Zeese Papanikolas chooses to focus on the stupid mean side of the Trickster which is disappointing and not the whole story This is definitely still worth a read though for the excellent writing style and interesting lens on the history of the mid Americas

  2. says:

    Amazing powerful persuasive uniue