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

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

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I was apprehensive at first as the tale of Medusa is much beloved and she has become such a multi-dimensional symbol that has morphed through the ages, but Haynes manages to be a worthwhile and insightful addition to the Medusa commentary that feels fresh, fun and faithful to the spirit of her source material (much of the tales here are adaptations of Ovid’s Metamorphoses and, sorry Pegasus fans, but the winged horse is absent from this tale). Even when she stops taking to the waters to fish, Poseidon punishes her village with floods and storms. I absolutely loved everything about this, Medusa has long been written about but, rarely (if ever) do we get to see Medusa’s Perpective. View image in fullscreen Chris Ofili’s The Riddle of the Sphinx, from Charlotte Higgins’s Greek Myths: A New Retelling. I received an advanced galley of this book, from the publisher, through Netgalley - in exchange for my honest feedback.

Stone Blind is not only a triumph in Greek mythology retelling but a triumph of feminist literature, displaying the power of female storytelling and the richness of the female experience. Olivia Lomenech Gill's artwork was the perfect match for the subtleness of emotion exhibited throughout the tale and also the melancholy that exuded from it at the end. I loved how the conversations between Medusa and Perseus gave Medusa a voice, not just to tell her story, but to explain why what she has experienced is so awful, because he doesn't always seem to get it. The book is an illustrated version, with remarkable drawings from Olivia Lomenech Gill, that fit perfectly with the theme of Greek mythology and ancient history.As someone who has always been an advocate of female voices in literature, I am thrilled to say that Stone Blind has swept me away and has quickly become a new favourite. WMC SheSource is an online database of media-experienced women experts who we connect to journalists, bookers and producers. I feel like I wanted more from this - both the story of Medusa herself instead of a recounted history, but also in the retelling (not to give too much away) I was a little disappointed in how it left the original story behind. In a short amount of time, we see Medusa change from a naive girl, to a woman who refuses to be blamed for something she didn’t do. Medusa was a fourteen-year-old girl who had drawn the attention of Poseidon and Athena for the wrong reasons.

Angry at her predicament and often lonely, Medusa’s seclusion ends the day a boat washes ashore and a young man steps into her life.Feelings develop very quickly between the two, and it's not long before Medusa is dreaming of a life different to the one she knows now. So often, the woman or feminine model is a static vessel for the male evolution, and that’s something I wanted to counter in this version. Given the continuing revelations about men like Weinstein and (US president Donald) Trump, and others we have each encountered on our way through life, Medusa's myth is ripe for the retelling.

I mostly prefer Greek mythology over the Roman versions of the same stories, in spite of studying Latin at school.Please include what you were doing when this page came up and the Cloudflare Ray ID found at the bottom of this page. Although I did find that the narrator talked a bit too slow for my liking so I did have to speed it up. O livro dá-nos, claro, o ponto de vista da Medusa e faz-nos empatizar com ela, questionando porque é que a associamos à monstruosidade.

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