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

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

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

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Four years into her exile, when Perseus moors his boat on the shores of the island, he catches Medusa’s eye. WMC Fbomb is an intersectional teen feminist media platform created by and for socially conscious youth. I’d like to thank Andrea for her incredible review that had me racing to the shelves to pick this one up.

Natalie Haynes, author of THE FURIES (THE AMBER FURY in the UK), is a graduate of Cambridge University and an award-winning comedian, journalist, and broadcaster. And that path is retelling these ancient myths from the perspective of, not minor characters, but characters who do not shine in the spotlight. But you will find me when you need me, when the wind hears a woman’s cry and fills my sails forward. Medusa is definitely having her moment just now and Jessie Burton's take on the story doesn't let her down. WMC Climate positions the people climate change affects the most – women and people of color – front and center.

Initially, she suggests, it was the pictures that enthralled her – emphatic illustrations by Elisabeth Frink that exude dark solidity. Feelings develop very quickly between the two, and it's not long before Medusa is dreaming of a life different to the one she knows now. He is Perseus, and he has been sent, against his will, to kill the mythical creature she has become.

The book is an illustrated version, with remarkable drawings from Olivia Lomenech Gill, that fit perfectly with the theme of Greek mythology and ancient history. The way Burton captured the sentiment around all these themes was extraordinary yet simple, although they did stir up strong emotions. The novel advocates a woman’s position, a woman wronged, and a journey to discover herself and find acceptance for what she has become. Retellings of classical myths may be all the rage in publishing but, as Charlotte Higgins notes in the introduction to Greek Myths, her own erudite and exhilarating collection, it’s a trend as old as the stories themselves. Although I did find that the narrator talked a bit too slow for my liking so I did have to speed it up.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. Onto this island sails a young lad, Perseus, who is on a quest, also at the behest of his fickle elders. Any "Author Information" displayed below reflects the author's biography at the time this particular book was published. And it takes Medusa to point out to Perseus just how awful Danaë's life was, and the terrible choices put in front of her.

She is much more than a monster whose head is a coveted prize for Perseus and the King who sent him on his quest.Links with an asterisk (*) are Ad: Affiliate Links, which means if you make a purchase through them, I'll make a small commission at no extra cost to you. With Jessie Burton's characteristic lyrical and beautiful writing matched by stunning illustrations, I loved this story of survival, healing and bravery of all kinds. But what Miller achieved was exactly what Haynes failed at: Circe did not fall into the tradition that it was clearly aiming to subvert.

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