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February Wrap-Up Post

I’m feeling ancient saying this, but time really does seem to fly. Can’t believe it’s March already. Let’s see what you all read and reviewed in February!

“Come, O ye Bacchae, come!” The Reading Life read The Bacchae, Euripides’ great tragedy. She considers how much her experience of it was influenced by Murray’s translation and made the play sound more contemporary than ancient. Are there recommendations for the best translation of this work? You can read her review here.

Col Reads read and reviewed the non-fiction work, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony. According to Col, “Calasso explores the Greek world’s uneasy relationship with their gods, and thereby tries to explain their relationship to the world”. Doesn’t that sound fascinating? She also warns that this is not a light read and requires some knowledge of Greek philosophy. I have to say I’m intrigued rather than scared-off! 🙂

The Parrish Lantern read Italo Calvino’s Italian Folktales, of which she says that “the reader is lured into a world of flux, of metamorphoses, where kings and peasants, tricksters and saints, and a whole zoology of extraordinary animals, plants and fish wend their way through the landscape and the history of the Italian nation”. Calvino started this collection in 1954, intending to emulate The Brothers Grimm. Want to know more? Read the review.

JacobsBeloved has been busy in February and read and reviewed two myth books. Rachel read Beastly by Alex Flinn, a YA retelling of the beauty and the beast, and she enjoyed the combination of original elements of the fairy tale as well as new additions.

JacobsBeloved also read American Gods, of which she says that Gaiman “developed this over-the-hill world of gods and goddesses that better resembled America’s middle and poor classes’ struggles for survival, money, and influence”. This makes me curious about Gaiman’s use of mythological figures! Read Rachel’s complete review here.

What a great collection of myth reads, thanks everyone who read and reviewed in February. Hope you’re having a blast with our challenge!

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