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Perhaps I haven't exposed myself to enough books on the subject to really substantiate that comment but the point is that this book does a good job of explaining mimesis and mimetic theory from an anthropological perspective, but from a practical I perspective in relationships I already have. I'm interested in the theological aspects of mimetic theory, in particular to affecting and effecting a theory of atonement. This book doesn't deliver directly on that subject but from a psychological, neurological and interprersonal (interdividual per the book) it succeeds.
Two technical issues I have with the book:
1) the narrator sounded more like he was just reading the script. He made it difficult to know when he was moving to another section or continuing in the current paragraph. It would have been better if he focused on crafting the shape of the written text in his delivery.
2) one could tell that this book was translated into English. Some phrases and words seemed wooden and some illustrations the author used were perhaps more sensible in French culture than American.
All-in-all I'd recommend this book to someone wanting to be informed about Rene Girard's Mimetic Theory, desire and rivalry.
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