Medusa: The Girl Behind the Myth (Illustrated Gift Edition)

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Medusa: The Girl Behind the Myth (Illustrated Gift Edition)

Medusa: The Girl Behind the Myth (Illustrated Gift Edition)

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We all know what happens, but I will stop there, leaving you dear reader in Burton’s capable hands as she ends her marvelous retelling of this tale with a climactic ending. I have always loved Medusa and I am thrilled to say this book finally does her the justice that l've always believed she deserved. Retellings of classical myths may be all the rage in publishing but, as Charlotte Higgins notes in the introduction to Greek Myths, her own erudite and exhilarating collection, it’s a trend as old as the stories themselves. I kind of hope I stay in the minority, as I really was rooting for this book, so maybe others will be able to look past some of the things that bothered me! But when the charmed and beautiful Perseus arrives on the island, her lonely existence is blown apart, unleashing desire, love.

In Stone Blind, gone is the predator we've understood her as and instead we bare witness to her as prey not just to Perseus but a pawn in a larger political game of the Gods.Higgins seeks to reassert it here, depicting Helen of Troy sitting at her loom, weaving images of the war for which she was a pretext – “there was always an excuse for war, some symbol or stand-in. Myths transform over time and reflect the ages they live in and this version is perfect for our times. I cannot wait to own a physical copy of this book so that I can annotate and highlight all of the beautiful and empowering quotes. She was once a young woman, happy to sail along the shores of her land, fishing and enjoying her freedom along with her sisters. For a young man, Perseus has sailed to her rocky island, having got lost at sea on his way to complete a mission.

Delving into the origins of this mythic tale, Haynes revitalizes and reconstructs Medusa's story with her passion and fierce wit, offering a timely retelling of this classic myth that speaks to us today.Jessie Burton’s retelling of the Medusa story turns several of the recognised elements about Medusa on its head.

A friend that she begins to trust, and with the desire to shed the ‘ache of loneliness’, she opens up to him. Burton's take on the traditional adversaries humanizes both characters, blurring boundaries between hero and monster. This book asserts the tale of a woman as fascinating as anyone in Greek mythology and certainly one of the most was obvious the author wanted to emulate this flowery writing, perhaps like madeline miller’s, but it was so rigid and jarring instead. Burton’s interpretation of Medusa is not the stereotypical fixation of a monster deployed as an opponent in a hero’s golden quest. A stunning story, a beautifully illustrated hardback that is worth having on the bookshelf for the imagery alone and a story that is told with sentiment, elegance and meaning.

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