Hey guys. I know I’m ridiculously behind on comments, visititing other blogs, challenges, and the like. It’s been a busy week with VBS and a bunch of other stuff! Here’s another one of those poor books that had no reviews on LT:
Title: “World Mythology” (2nd edition)
Editor: Donna Rosesnberg
Number of Pages: 584
Date of Publication: January 11, 1994
4 stars: Mythology for beginners
I had to buy this for my college mythology class. It’s a nice enough text, with many stories from many different cultures. Before each culture, we learn a little about the people and how their stories came about, which I thought helped me understand the stories more. My personal favorites were the Egyptian myths and the Greek myths, of which there were many. It also includes classics like ‘King Arthur’, ‘Beowulf’, and ‘The Illiad’. It was interesting to note the similarities and differences between the cultures and their stories, many of which were being created at the same time years ago- but many miles apart.
As for the flaws this book has, there is one major one. While I’m sure the translators translated to the best of their ability, if I had to read “flooded their hearts” one more time, I think I would scream. Okay I get it, they’re happy, filled with joy, ecstatic, delighted…. but really? “Flooded”? So maybe that was the literal translation, but couldn’t the editors have changed it a few times so that the readers didn’t die from the repetition?
Overall I would recommend this book, especially if you’re interested in mythology. Just be aware that there are many different interpretations of myths, and the ones that are in this book may not be the most well known. Additionally I’m not sure if they cut out some parts because they knew this would be a school text. If you know the story of Osiris and Isis, you know that there was one piece of his body that a fish ate… that part of the myth isn’t in this book– I guess because they deemed it unappropriate? There is a newer edition out however, which isn’t exactly better than this one. At the very least, I had hoped they didn’t use the word “flooded” so much in that one… But sadly not so. The new version is the same, with some additional stories included like: “Esfandyar”, “Chi Li”, “Jason and the Golden Fleece” among others. (If you need the newer version for class, you could still get away with buying the cheaper 2nd edition and then just copying certain stories from a fellow classmate’s book. The newer is $43 with this one being around $13!)
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