Subtitled ‘Beyond Mount Olympus’, this small book is a short introduction to the broad and complex area of the Greek Myths.
A bold undertaking to attempt to condense centuries of myth and legend, featuring a myriad heroes, gods, goddesses, nymphs and satyrs, this slim volume does its best. Inevitably it is superficial and, at times, inaccurate, but it does the job intended: introduces readers without knowledge to the classical subject. Impossible in a book of this nature to capture the enormous range of the subject, but there should be enough teasers to tempt some into reading the subject more fully.
A little more effort over editing would have been appreciated, and some sentence structure needs adjusting. But the general content is good for the number of words used.
I selected this particular volume from the broad range supplied by this organisation, as the previous book I’d chosen dealt with a subject entirely unknown to me. I have some knowledge of the Greek Myths, however, having read the Iliad and the Odyssey, as well as learning about the subject during my schooling: an almost inescapable topic at the time for schools in England!
Whilst these books may not be for me, as a writer, I can see how they would be attractive to the modern generation in search of a quick introduction to a range of subjects. This approach to quick learning is growing in popularity and I suppose anything that increases the urge to read must be better than nothing.
[Any review is a personal opinion. No reviewer can represent the view of anyone else. The best we can manage is an honest reaction to any given book.]