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Mythic novels.

Jeanette Winterson’s book Weight is on the list of modern myths, along with Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad. I haven’t found a copy yet so I read The Stone Gods, by Winterson and found strong elements of myth in it. Robbie Crusoe … Continue reading

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Myth- and a favourite author.

Karen Armstrong has written  A Short History of Myth for the introduction to a series of modern novels on mythic themes, as I discovered when I read The Penelopiad last week. So I read what started as typical Karen Armstrong- … Continue reading

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The Iliad, The Odyssey- and The Penelopiad?

I like stories that reverse our perception of a well-known story. Wicked was more enjoyable to me than the Wizard of Oz. I did wonder how Margaret Atwood could match Odysseus’ ten years of war and ten years of wandering … Continue reading

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Two fantasies

I was truly, utterly, literally, and hyperbolically desperate. My book, my computer and my knitting were all in a room I couldn’t enter for a couple of hours. So I picked up one of my all time favourite books from daughter’s … Continue reading

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Fantasy or Myth-The Beginning Place: Ursula Le Guin

Fantasy or myth? Ursula Le Guin has written and talked about what genre she writes and how she classifies it. I just think she is the best myth maker I know. Wikipedia says she “explores alternative imaginings”.  Lots of fantasy is … Continue reading

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