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Author Name:    Yashinsky, Dan

Title:   Swimming with Chaucer

Binding:   Paperback

Book Condition:   Very Good

Publisher:    Insomniac Press 2014

ISBN Number:   1554831091 / 9781554831098

Seller ID:   IM223106

1554831091

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Swimming With Chaucer is about life lived like a storyteller. The author is one of the pioneers of the contemporary storytelling renaissance, and he writes about the power of stories to measure and give meaning to everyday life. Stories, both real and imagined, are the waymarkers that we use to understand where we've travelled, and why, and with whom. This unique logbook brings together a mix of voices, stories, essays, and poetry. It includes seven letters written by Yashinsky's father to his wayward son living a continent away, short reflections about family and civic life seen through a storytelling lens, and previously-unpublished stories from the storyteller's repertoire. The stories include Talking You In, a story about a father who tells stories to his sick baby in the neonatal intensive care unit; Report of the Blue Djinn, an erotic tale composed as a tribute to the Arabian Nights, and Stormfool's Cool Gig, a tall tale about the best freelance storytelling gig in the world. All of the pieces in the book are informed by the author's belief that storytelling provides a rough guide and a working philosophy to life in the early twenty-first century. The places visited in this storyteller's Odyssey include Santa Barbara, California in the Sixties; a swimming pool where many laps have been swum to the accompaniment of Chaucer's Middle English couplets; the sensual realm of the Blue Djinn; the St. Clair West neighbourhood of Toronto; a lake in Quebec known for its smallmouth bass; the estate of a rich recluse where a freelance storyteller gets paid a million dollars a year to tell folktales. Only some of these places can be found on maps, but all of them were part of this storyteller's extraordinary journey.



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