greek mythology

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House of Names

Colm Toibin
5
Rated by
Cheryl M.
Friday, Mar 23, 2018

In a word -- Wow! Clytemnestra opens the downloadable audiobook House of Names with: "I have been acquainted with the smell of death.

The Book of Heaven

The Book of Heaven

Patricia Storace
4
Rated by
Megan C.
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014

In The Book of Heaven, Patricia Storace creates the mythology of an alternate universe, but one the reader recognizes, as if through a veil, from its allusions to Greek legends and Old Testament stories. It is different from anything I’ve read and therefore hard to describe. Although the sections hinge on central themes, such as of the oppression of women and the nature of God and of love, they can be read in isolation. Each section presents the tale of a different woman, eulogized in the stars themselves in this world Storace creates.

A picture of an old Greek war helm

The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller
5
Rated by
Amy F.
Thursday, Jul 17, 2014

This is a coming-of-age story, a love story, and a retelling of the Iliad all in one masterfully told epic. Miller at once succeeds in adding depth and substance to Achilles and Patroclus and also preserving the dramatic feel of the war that is the backdrop to their relationship.