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Greek Myths: A New Retelling, with drawings by Chris Ofili

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Male poets borrowed their creative metaphors from textiles: a Homeric singer, a rhapsode, is literally a “song-stitcher”. And in these stories, we do not see heroes and gods but patriarchs, rapists, cheats, braggarts and betrayers.

What I did expect from this book was a slightly more academic retelling of the myths and I did expect there to be a more feminist perspective on the stories, especially when you look at the table of contents and the chapters are all named after women in the mythology. The premise of the book is that each chapter is one woman, who is within the myths, weaving a tapestry telling the stories of those who went before her, each chapter finishing with the myth of the weaver herself. There were names and stories from my childhood I'd forgotten about and it was brought back to life through Charlotte's retelling. The dazzling white and blue of Aegean seascapes and the modern Greek flag are decorated with golden sequins, like those with which the women would highlight visual details.

It was so nice to encounter a retelling of Greek mythology where the female characters/goddesses were the ones who were "spinning the yarn" and "pulling all the strings" in oratory for once. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance. If you want intricate and luscious prose with a deep dive into a specific character and the people that come in and out of their lives, THIS IS NOT THAT BOOK. Described as, “A brilliantly original, landmark retelling of Greek myths, recounted as if they were actual scenes being woven into textiles by the women who feature prominently in them—including Athena, Helen, Circe and Penelope. Here are myths of the creation, of Heracles and Theseus and Perseus, the Trojan war and its origins and aftermaths, tales of Thebes and Argos and Athens.

She is an associate member of the Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and is on the board of the Henry Barber Trust. It was very interesting learning about some characters I’d heard of but didn’t know much about — I would say it’s incredibly useful to have everything neatly in one book, but because of that, it is a long read. Occasionally, we hear what pictures they created – Helen at Troy weaves scenes from the very war she is said to have caused – but more often we do not. Homer, Hesiod, Pindar, Sappho, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Ovid, Appollonius, Robert Graves, Stephen Fryers and now Charlotte Higgins.What's great about them is that the myths themselves are endlessly diverse and variable in detail, and that's what allows them to continue to bloom with fresh life and perspective long after they've been told. Theirs' are the hands which are responsible for piecing together the elaborate and imaginative tapestry that exists to make sense of the world. Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain (Vintage, 2014), was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction, the Thwaites Wainwright prize for nature writing, the Dolman travel-writing prize and the Hessell-Tiltman history prize.

In other occasions, while explaining one myth, the author will suddenly jump to another, give it one paragraph, and the go back to the first one in the same sentence, making it quite difficult to full concentrate on what’s going on.Higgins began her career in journalism on Vogue magazine in 1995 and moved to the Guardian in 1997, for which she has served as classical music editor and arts correspondent. Weaving was a metaphor at the heart of ancient metaphysics, since the Fates measure out and cut off the threads of human life itself. as a pacifist (okay, and a hippie) I find the Trojan War really exasperating (that woman has a lover! The book follows all the way to the end of the Odysseus, but I always thought that Margaret Atwood's Penelopiad was a better ending to the story of Penelope and Odysseus.

There are so many wonderful retellings by women, but as an overarching introduction to all the stories and the way they interact and bounce off each other, this is the one to read.To present the women of this world through their hard work - the toil of the loom should not be dismissed as minimal, this is not modern day chilled crafting - and through the stories they tell in the weaving, the space they create whilst doing so and the viewpoints and private experiences they hint at, the voice they create through this work. If you want a general overview of Greek mythology but like with humor and wit and joviality while still focusing on the actual myths, lol THIS IS NOT THE BOOK. To keep safe, to keep them from harm, they should run to the temple of Hera, where no one would hurt them. Clearly, we do, because we might think we know these tales so well, but Ms Higgins completely turns them on their head and recounts them from the women’s point of view.

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