The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

StorytellingAnimalWhy do we tell stories? Is it genetics? Is it evolution? Is it simply our preffered way to waste time born in an era when technology was non-existent? The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human tries to answer these questions with very compelling arguments.

In The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human Jonathan Gottschall shows you how the world of stories is fundamental to the human condition. Through the chapters Gottschall takes you through many current theories of why we as humans have developed, and kept, the art of storytelling. The book also explores the science behind storytelling, and some of the reasons why stories have a magical pull on our attention and decision-making process.

The book is written in a very active and readable tone.  Gottschall himself, taking his own example, makes use of varied stories frequently throughout the book.  Through his use of powerful storytelling the reader gets a first-hand look at how a good narrative can immerse us and capture us.

All in all The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human is a delightful reading experience, filled with insight into the many different types of storytelling, and why storytelling is, hands-down, the way to go when attempting to ingrain memorable experiences in the minds of other human beings.

For anyone looking to explore the importance of storytelling, or anyone looking to understand why the world of make-believe has such a great allure, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human is certainly the book to read. I give this book an 8/10.

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