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

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

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Her fate designated at the hands of a God and Goddess feels cruel, how through no fault of her own has she been so horribly damned. 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”. Burton's take on the traditional adversaries humanizes both characters, blurring boundaries between hero and monster. In this haunting reimagining of the myth of Medusa and Perseus, Burton positions the pair as teenagers swept up in the capricious gods' machinations, struggling to defy the destinies thrust upon them.

Burton’s interpretation of Medusa is not the stereotypical fixation of a monster deployed as an opponent in a hero’s golden quest. siss-iling stars for the retelling and the reimagining of one of Greek Mythology’s greatest stories. i’m just really having a hard time wrapping my head around what part of this was supposed to be something new or interesting. i've always been fascinated with medusa and how she's seen as a villain despite her backstory and this book added a lot to that.Perseus and “Merina” (the name she uses with Perseus) share their stories and initially, Medusa is unaware of Perseus’s real intentions behind his journey to her island just as he is unaware of her true identity. Please include what you were doing when this page came up and the Cloudflare Ray ID found at the bottom of this page. Any photos or images used on this site that do not belong to the author are royalty free and licensed under creative commons, or cover images of books used to promote them. Her full-page colour images harmonise perfectly with a text that, though not always as subtle as it could be, seizes from the very first sentence, its prose pulsing with irresistible, rhythmic energy. Medusa was painted as the victim in her own story and not the vengeful killer or the objective to be slain, that she has often been made out to be.

Even when she stops taking to the waters to fish, Poseidon punishes her village with floods and storms. Medusa's story is one that has long captivated me and I implicitly trusted Jessie Burton to deliver her story with the sensitivity and depth of emotion her character deserved, and with an empowering spin and full female autonomy that all women deserve. in " The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's membership magazine, and in our weekly " Publishing This Week" newsletter.She was once a young woman, happy to sail along the shores of her land, fishing and enjoying her freedom along with her sisters.

Beautiful, captivating and fascinating as a retelling of Medusa, however, the standout from the book are the poignant messages, fables and life lessons that are subtly interspersed through the story. Following the depictions of Medusa as a monster came images that symbolized her as a sort of femme fata Please only post requests for suggestions, not unsolicited recommendations or “should I read this book or that book” type posts. It's been four years since Athena cursed Medusa, and she's an 18-year-old exiled on a rocky island on which she lives with her sisters and her dog.Jessie Burton is the British author of former Waterstones Book of the Year The Miniaturist and its sequel The House of Fortune as well as the novels The Muse and The Confession.

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