January wrap-up post

The first month of the Read-A-Myth Reading Challenge is over, thanks to everyone for reading and reviewing myths, you’ve given us a great start into this challenge!

The Parrish Lantern has read The Epic of Gilgamesh, epic poetry from Mesopotamia. The Gilgamesh stories revolve around the king of Uruk and the quest for fame and immortality. And did you know that some of the tablets with Gilgamesh stories were written in the Sumerian language, people! And this epic is actually one of the oldest pieces of literature! So if you’d like to explore the parallels between The Odyssey and Gilgamesh or The Genesis and Gilgamesh, stop by The Parrish Lantern for a very informative post.

The Parrish Lantern also read and reviewed Jorge Luis Borges’ The Book of Imaginary Beings, which functions as a handbook on beasts and creatures from myths and folklore around the world. And intriguingly, this “could be the only book you ever need”.

The Beach Reader read and reviewed The Penelopiad. The Penelopiad is a reworking of The Odyssey, specifically Penelope’s story. She has this to say about her first Atwood: “I really enjoyed the voice of Penelope and her witty, nonsense opinions.  Penelope is an interesting observer of the people and the myth of The Odyssey. The novel left me rethinking the story of The Odyssey and wondering about the power of myth and how myths change over time.”

Col Reads chose Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Firebrand, which she reviewed here. The Firebrand reworks a Greek myth, namely that of Kassandra. Zimmer’s written a revisionist feminist work and Col tells us that the books is long and the historical detail somewhat sketchy, but “it is the relationships among the women that are most satisfying, as Bradley allows us to see not only Kassandra but Helen and Hecuba in far greater detail – and sympathy – than any previous treatment of the classic tales I’ve read”.

I love how diverse everyone’s choices are, from the very ancient The Epic of Gilgamesh to feminist reworkings to Borges’ handbook. Thanks everyone for your fantastic reviews and I hope you’re all enjoying yourselves with this challenge!

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5 responses to “January wrap-up post

  1. I love how you gave a summary of the books reviewed so far and who reviewed them. I have not forgotten this wonderful challenge, even though I found no time in January to begin. However, I have purchased The King Must Die, by Mary Renault, which I’m really looking forward to reading. (It received such great reviews everywhere I turned!) Also, I plan to read Woman Who Run With The Wolves (Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype). The older I get, the less wild I feel, but it would be a great escape, n’est ce pas? 🙂

  2. Bellezza, Vous avez absolument raison. The older I get, the less wild I feel too!

    Oh Hugs and hugs to you Bina for doing this summary up. This is awesome!! xx

  3. Thanks for doing this summary –I agree that the diversity of the choices is amazing. I’ve been refining my list for this challenge as I encounter new titles! Thanks so much for hosting.

  4. Thanks, Bellezza, and no worries, you’ve got 11 months left 🙂 I still haven’t read a myth book myself yet. And those books sound great!

    Jo, glad you liked this post. And you always do all the work, I’m happy to contribute more! 🙂

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