THE OTHER WITHIN by Daniel Deardorff

by: Daniel Deardorff

This is a profound and daring book and what it covers is quite demanding but also so life-enhancing. I was drawn to it though because it contains commentaries by three authors who are popular at Cygnus: the storyteller Martin Shaw, Robert Simmons, author of The Book of Stones and Robert Bly, the poet and author of Iron John. It’s a book about Otherness, which can still be relevant to most of us who don’t have an overt “Other” aspect. Daniel certainly did – he was a survivor of childhood polio and he got around in a wheelchair. He was also a scholar of myth, and a storyteller and ritualist. Sharon Blackie calls this “A book to savour…a love song to the Outsider”. It is full of myths and stories of tricksters and of trauma, exile, disability, illness, death and grief. Through reading this enjoyable book we might be able to release the outsider in us, whether it is low or high profile.

288pp, 229 x 152 mm, Paperback, 2022