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Natalie Haynes

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Marple: Twelve New Stories (2022) — Avustaja — 421 kappaletta
The Atheist's Guide to Christmas (2009) — Avustaja — 350 kappaletta

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A brilliant tour by British classicist Natalie Haynes through the tales of ten women from Greek mythology, exploring how the dominant versions came to be that way, alternate interpretations of these women, and contemporary reinterpretations. It's smart, funny, and a perfect read for someone like me who has been fascinated by Greek myths since elementary school. Recommended.
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MickyFine | 21 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 6, 2023 |
Didn't finish. Medusa's story was good, but there is a mismatch of other myths thrown in throughout the narrative that make it very disjointed. The changes from first person to narrator do the same thing. Adding them together just throws me out of the story too much.
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Tip44 | 16 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 26, 2023 |
A book that sets out to record the experience of the various Trojan women at the fall of their city. It's a mixed bag: it starts with the wife of Aeneas, and although I vaguely remembered some details about him, I didn't know what happened to her. That one has a rather abrupt ending. Then various other women are switched between, with some scenes of the survivors on the beach, waiting for the Greeks to get round to awarding them as prizes. In between, there is a narrative from Penelope's viewpoint, in an epistolary structure, and the viewpoint of Calliope, muse of epic poetry, who is rather irritated by the requests of poets.

The book stuck very much to the traditional stories of the women as I already knew them and didn't really add much. There was the interesting idea of a friendship between Briseis and Chryseis, the former giving the latter herbs to stupefy Agamemnon and therefore spare Chryseis his attentions. But after Chryseis is ransomed, although she worries beforehand about the punishment her stern father will dish out for wandering out of the city and being captured, that narrative is ended and we never see the interaction between the two, or find out what happened to her at the fall of Troy. In the legend, she and her father don't necessarily live in Troy - at least, some other adaptations have taken that line - so that would have been a new aspect to explore.

It was an overall OK read, but not an exceptional one, and I would award it 3 stars.
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kitsune_reader | 42 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 23, 2023 |
The goddesses of the Greek myths seem all powerful and in sharp contrast to their mortal compatriots. In a misogynistic society worship of powerful female figures didn't seem too anachronistic. Here Haynes explores a number of deities and the evidence we have for their myths and worship. The exploration covers the standard Greek myths but pulls together evidence from the myths and contemporary culture yet follows the pathway throughRoman beliefs and pan-theism and through to modern day exemplars. It is wonderfully readable book but one which is also incredibly learned.… (lisätietoja)
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pluckedhighbrow | 1 muu arvostelu | Nov 1, 2023 |



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