Tales from the Greek Legends by Edward Ferrie

September 8, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): The great myths of Ancient Greece have inspired mankind for centuries. Each of the heroes has to undergo trials of strength and courage to prove his valour against a host of monsters – the Minotaur, half man, half bull; Hydra, the many-headed serpent; Medusa the Gorgon. Meanwhile, the gods, lead by Zeus the Thunderer from his seat on Mount Olympus, watch, encourage, help – and sometimes hinder. In this new retelling, the Tales come alive more vividly than ever with the added drama of popular music by Holst, Wagner and others.

Liked:

  • The myths about Heracles’ Labors and Jason and the Argonauts were incredibly detailed and interesting.
  • The reader of the audiobook version was pretty good and added some life to the tales.
  • The soundtrack was used rather effectively as well.

Disliked:

  • I was really hoping for a more comprehensive volume of myths here. I guess since this book is aimed at younger readers, the author had to keep things short and sweet.
  • It would have been nice to include at least one or two lesser-known stories instead of only popular ones involving Heracles, Perseus, Jason, etc. But again, the author probably had very strict parameters in mind from the outset.

Rating:

Tales from the Greek Legends would be a good introductory book for kids who don’t know any mythology at all. But for older readers hoping to brush up on long-forgotten stories, it’s a bit lacking. I realize I’m not the target audience here, so this rating might be a tad unfair, but I give the book 3 stars out of 5.

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