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Greek Myths

By: Charlotte Higgins,Chris Ofili - illustrator
Narrated by: Daphne Kouma
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Summary

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In this spellbinding new collection, Charlotte Higgins reinterprets some of the most enduring stories of all time.

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. There are stories of love and desire, adventure and magic, destructive gods, helpless humans, fantastical creatures, resourceful witches and the origins of birds and animals. This is a world of extremes and one that resonates deeply with our own: mysterious diseases devastate cities; environmental disasters tear lives apart; women habitually suffer violence at the hands of men.

Unlike in many previous collected myths, female characters take centre stage - Athena, Helen, Circe, Penelope and others weave these stories into elaborate imagined tapestries. In Charlotte Higgins' thrilling new interpretation, their tales combine to form a dazzling, sweeping epic of storytelling and a magnificent work of scholarship and imagination.

©2021 Charlotte Higgins (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Amazing retelling

I absolutely love the concept of this book, the way Charlotte Higgins went about these myths was fantastic. It’s a way of telling them that felt unique and they were beautiful read and written

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Different twist on the usual Greek rendition
Easy listening and captivating voices.
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Feels like it’s written for children

Which I don’t think it’s supposed to be! Not sure if it’s the narration or the very simplistic retelling or these well-known narratives. For a genuinely innovative retelling of Greek myths, read Madeleine Miller’s Song of Achilles or Circe instead; and even Stephen Fry’s Mythos is better.

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