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

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A dazzling, feminist retelling of Greek myth from the internationally best-selling author of The Miniaturist.

This book was described as "a dazzling, feminist retelling of a Greek myth," which is a perfect fit for my daughter's reading pile.

She is the author of three novels for adults, The Miniaturist (2014), The Muse (2016) and The Confession (2019), and is both a Sunday Times no. Ultimately, though, and with a magnificent sense of sisterhood, Medusa comes to a new state of being: “Self-awareness is a great banisher of loneliness. However, I think Burton did a great job of blending the various interpretations in hers, both from the Greek original as well as from Ovid’s more popularised Roman retelling. Medusa's first-person voice is formally distant, hinting at her inner turmoil and experiences with misogynistic double standards.

The prose is beautiful and unambiguous in keeping with the author’s intention to make this story accessible to a younger audience. She uses the story of Medusa to show how often, instead of being seen as victims of abuse, women have been accused of bringing on the abuse instead. With a look that would turn men to stone, Medusa has earned her place in Greek mythology as the ruthless Gorgon, with a head of snakes.Following the depictions of Medusa as a monster came images that symbolized her as a sort of femme fata As always, I prefer the original Greek myth, which didn’t have any involvement from Poseidon, but instead focused on Medusa’s innate power that came from being born the mortal Gorgon. We all know what happens, but I will stop there, leaving you dear reader in Burton’s capable hands as she ends her marvelous retelling of this tale with a climactic ending. Within are illustrations by the Northumberland-based Olivia Lomenech Gill, an artist whose work at its strongest has something of Frink’s about it. So because of the length alongside very little happening, Burton's story isn't really the retelling of Medusa I was hoping for.

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”. If you are the publisher or author and feel that they do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, send us a message with the mainstream reviews that you would like to see added. That not only is this who she is now, but who she wants to be, snakes and all, and that should be good enough for Perseus, because it's definitely good enough for her. Burton's text and Lomenech Gill's art are a perfect match, offering a powerfully feminist, elegiac, and original twist on this old story.The last chapter, especially, is so beautiful and true of life after healing and becoming one’s true self. Disfruté mucho los monólogos de nuestra protagonista donde expresa sus emociones y reflexiones, se nota la perspectiva feminista de la autora que de manera muy sensible pero directa aborda problemáticas que no han cambiado con el tiempo. I remember thinking that was such a great opportunity for a story because it’s a journey that someone has gone on, but we don’t really know anything about it. Taking her lead from the likes of Pat Barker and Madeline Miller, Higgins’s Greek Myths: A New Retelling is narrated by female characters.

I’d like to thank Andrea for her incredible review that had me racing to the shelves to pick this one up. Las primeras 80 páginas (se leen rapidísimas) me tuvieron muy escéptico sobre si iba a disfrutar este libro. The feminist spin on the myth is absolutely incredible, with every possible problematic thought being challenged directly. This is Perseus, chiselled, handsome, and possessed of a gleaming shield and sword, the ruby at its hilt twinkling portentously like ‘a gleaming ball of blood. Initially, she suggests, it was the pictures that enthralled her – emphatic illustrations by Elisabeth Frink that exude dark solidity.I’m glad it was illustrated because it greatly enhanced my reading experience and added to the storybook atmosphere the words themselves created.

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