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Posted January 25, 2010
This is the first of a two volume set covering virtually all that is now known of Tarot, Tarock, and Tarocchi games. The sole concern of these two volumes is the evolution of the Tarot card game rules with only a mention in passing of the occult uses of Tarot cards in the preface and very few illustrations of Tarot cards. Essentially, this is an update of Dummett's earlier 1980 book "Game of Tarot."
Contrary to popular myth, Tarot cards were not originally intended for divination or any occult purpose. Tarot cards were originally intended for playing a type of trick taking card game with the so-called "Major Arcana" as a fixed trump suit. The Tarot game gave birth to trump suits common in popular card games such as Bridge and Spades.
Tarot games continue to be played in areas such as France, Italy, Switzerland and central Europe but resources on the rules for these games, as opposed to the divinatory uses for Tarot cards, are sadly scarce in the English language.
I find the book's title to be ungainly, the cover unattractive, and the price to be steep, but I recommend it to everyone especially all game players because I guarantee that anyone who digs into the actual contents will never look at Tarot cards the same way again. You will enter a whole different world of Tarot, not as a divinatory art, but as a rather fun type of card game excellent for family game nights. I consider it a crime against our culture that this other world of Tarot, the family of card games, is being kept hidden from us by most mainstream Tarot publishers.
Barnes & Noble should do the right thing and classify this title under its proper category. It should be filed under "card games" so its intended readers, the card players, may be exposed to it.