The Good Luck Book: An A-to-Z Guide to Charms and Symbols
Book Review by Charles L Harmon
The Good Luck Book: An A-To-Z Guide To Charms And Symbols [Hardcover]
Bill Harris (Author), 1996, 1998
This little book is OK for a cursory look at good luck charms and symbols. It is not good for any significant detail or documented information. Many of the 100 or so charms or symbols have little written in the book about them. Some only have one or two lines of information. It seems almost like filler just to fill up the 175 pages of charm information.
If one just wanted to know minimum detail or that a certain charm exists then this book will serve them for the limited number of symbols and charms it covers. There is no analysis of how luck works, or the science of probability, or any mention if one has any control of influence of luck.
Most of the symbols or good luck charms are of a very old origin and many do not apply to modern times. Although the lucky charms mentioned in the book may have been famous or widespread in ancient times, it’s doubtful if many of them have much in the way of followers today.
I think this is acceptable for a kid’s book or for someone who wants to read about superstitious ideas of long ago. But for a factual account or more detail analysis of even those charms presented, the book lacks intellectual thoroughness and too sparse of detail.
I cannot recommend it for anyone who wants detailed knowledge of even the charms presented in the book. If one just wants to have light, easy reading and not very much detail, then this could be a book for you, and at a low price it just might be a bargain.
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