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Medusa: The Girl Behind the Myth (Illustrated Gift Edition)

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From New York Times bestselling author Jessie Burton, a dazzling retelling of the Greek myth of Medusa, illuminating the woman behind the legend. In April 2013 her first novel, The Miniaturist, was sold at an 11-publisher auction at the London Book Fair, and went on to sell in 29 other countries around the world. medusa is my favourite greek myth and i’ve been craving a feminist retelling of it for SO LONG, but this was…a bit of a let down. I prefer to think of Medusa as turned completely into a monster, not just a girl with snakes for hair.

And that path is retelling these ancient myths from the perspective of, not minor characters, but characters who do not shine in the spotlight. She first fell under the spell of the myths when an older brother bought her a copy of Kenneth McLeish’s Children of the Gods.

The book opens on a hot, stark island, where Medusa - now with writhing snakes for hair instead of her previous dark locks - lives here in exile with her two sisters. At times it felt like it was trying too hard to be poetic and literary, in a way that didn't feel natural, and just felt weird.

Told through an assortment of narrators such as humans, gods and even inanimate objects, Haynes deftly reconfigures a variety of Greek myths into one long and multi-faceted story with Medusa acting like a center of gravity pulling the disparate tales into a contextual orbit. Burton's retelling is very much that; while it has the bones of Ovid's myth, it changes things around. And this format is also one which I feel would reignite the wonder of more mature readers to revisit these wonderful tales. I feel like I wanted more from this - both the story of Medusa herself instead of a recounted history, but also in the retelling (not to give too much away) I was a little disappointed in how it left the original story behind.in " The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's membership magazine, and in our weekly " Publishing This Week" newsletter.

Following her rape by the sea god Poseidon – for which Athena punished Medusa by turning her into a gorgon – she fled with her winged sisters to an island where, full of rage and self-loathing, she grows ravenous for connection, “a girl on the edge”. Thank you to the author, Jessie Burton, the illustrator, Olivia Lomenech Gill, and the publisher, Bloomsbury YA, for this opportunity. i recommend this book to fans of greek mythology for the fresh new look at the story plus some stunning artwork!Even if you are not a lover of Greek Mythology the chances are extremely high that you will at least have heard of the infamous Gorgon named Medusa.

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