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September 27, 2010

Penguin Book of Classical Myths: Jennifer R March

by Andy

Everything you wanted to know about Greco-Roman mythology (with the emphasis on Greek, for reasons that will become obvious when reading) in handy, book form.  Or rather handy, readily readable book form.

No endless chapters detailing the ten year wait outside the walls of Troy, no lengthy stanzas reciting who begat who (and with who, and what they happened to turn into, and which god’s ire was stoked in the process).  March adopts the approach of a novel – starting from the very beginning, sticking to a rough, chronological order – and supplies enough background to avoid mere summaries but does not burden the text.  The result is an approachable jaunt through thousands of years of mythology and an abundance of highly enjoyable and thrilling tales told with style.

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