The Greek Myths: Stories of the Greek Gods and Heroes Vividly Retold

Author: Robin Waterfield


ISBN: 9780857382887
Pages: 320
Description: Upon finally completing this book, I can wholly say that I have mixed feelings about this.
One point I would just like to throw out there is that I felt like reading this took me a very long time, so that is saying something in itself. I obviously was just not feeling entirely compelled to pick this up at every oportunity I had.
The main issue that I found with this book, and probably the cause for the book to miss out on 2 stars, was that it was extremely biblical in the way it was written. ”Come all ye muses” is a loose example of what I mean, where I felt like the writers were trying to transport me to the times, which would have been cool if it had not have been in such a preachy way. There are a ton more examples that I cannot be bothered to find again. This aspect made me feel like it was a bit biased in the descriptions of the gods and the accounts of heroes, which would have been fine in a regular fiction book, but because this gives the lure of a somewhat factual account in the content it provides, that was not acceptable.
The second and last MAIN flaw, and the last I’ll mention, is I feel like somethings were misreported or spelled. The first example of this would be that Cronus is spelled differently to how I usually see it ‘Kronus’. But in saying that, my only other point of reference would be from the Percy Jackson books, and let’s be honest, they’re complete works of fiction! This then could just be a different way of spelling it, that years of translation has altered. The second example is ”The Caucasin Mountains”… Lol, what? (Okay, I will admit I thought it said Caucasian, as in white, for the longest time xD)
I searched this up & all I got was ”The Caucasus Mountains”. So maybe this is an actual error, or it could be that it was once named differently.

The points I liked about this book is that it’s writing was packed full of descriptions that were vivid. It included a lot of wondrous works of arts (which were sometimes featured on irrelevant pages). It definitely provides a detailed retelling, if somewhat biased, of the most famous Greek Myths. The biblical aspect comes to play once again, but as a strong point, because it gave a lot of power to the end. If there is one thing I have learned from reading this, it is that you should learn from other’s mistakes.. If someone has angered the gods in one way, don’t try it and hope to gain some sort of satisfaction. (my example being both Lycaon and Tantalus trying to test the gods by serving them human flesh).

Pick it up, give it a go and enjoy! ^_^
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