I’m a bit late with this post, but I just wanted to give everyone the heads up that Bellezza and Col are hosting a readalong of Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad. This would be the ideal opportunity to read a book that counts toward this challenge with others. Readalongs often help motivate me to start a book or keep going.
Bellezza says that “We’ll be reading it the week of May 23 through May 28, 2011, with a review to be posted on Monday, May 30. Of course, if anything strikes our fancy before the 30th, we may post on that as well.”
Need more convincing? Read Bellezza’s post here. Col already wrote about her initial thoughts here.
I got The Penelopiad from my library and am very excited about it. Thanks Bellezza and Col for hosting!
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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