Before Litsy, I never planned my reading. I just picked up a book when I fancied it. Now, I‘m already looking at books for #Booked2020, and this, with its beautiful #BlackGoldCover, may be my #CoverCrush choice
Very I formative book on the Greek Gods. Peppered with just the right amount of humor here and there to keep you interested. If you like learning more about Greek Gods and their stories this is a great read and I would recommend it.
It's been a while. A lot going on these holiday times. But I'm taking a little time to read Circe. And it's a wonderful book to take time out with. For some reason in my minds eye, I imagine Circe to look like a young Bea Arthur, an unconventional beauty, a voice like grit, smoky bourbon, and cigar smoke. A tall wonderous woman. A woman who, at her pinnacle, could open you wide with just one look.
“Redg threatened him with satire if he didn‘t give him the javelin. Cú Chulainn fired the javelin clean through his head.
‘That was a dear and speedy gift,‘ said the satirist.”
Being a Satirist was apparently a dangerous job in ancient Ireland!
The Táin is based on a series of centuries old manuscripts which tell a series of tales called The Ulster Cycle. As I now live in what constitutes most of Ulster ( #NorthernIreland ) I wanted to know more.
I enjoyed this more than most mythology I‘ve read. As I was finishing the book my husband, based on my frequent laughter, asked if it was MEANT to be funny.
Yes, I think it is. This new translation was poetic and amusing. I enjoyed this.
The Táin can be considered to be Ireland‘s own Iliad. In this passage, 7 year-old Cú Chulainn, already a fierce warrior, demands to fight the warriors of Emain Macha (now Armagh in Northern Ireland). He‘s carrying the heads of three men he‘s recently slain.
The response of the leader of Emain Macha:
“Bring on the naked women!”
They bare their breasts at little Cú Chulainn and he‘s so embarrassed he can‘t fight. ?
Around seven years ago I became fascinated by Norse mythology after reading the Prose Edda & the Poetic Edda. I was reading a lot of epics at the time, & the only one that ever matched the sheer inventiveness, large cast of memorable & eccentric characters & exuberance of the Eddas was the Finnish epic Kalevala. So obviously Gaiman's version was going to be very appealing. Did not disappoint in the least. Read in one sitting.