Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton

Mythology: Timeless Tales
 of Gods and Heroes
by Edith Hamilton

Summary from Goodreads:

"For over fifty years readers have chosen this book above all others to discover the thrilling, enchanting, and fascinating world of Western mythology. From Odysseus's adventure-filled journey to the Norse god Odin's effort to postpone the final day of doom, Edith Hamilton's classic collection not only retells these stories with brilliant clarity but shows us how the ancients saw their own place in the world and how their themes echo in our consciousness today. An essential part of every home library,Mythology is the definitive volume for anyone who wants to know the key dramas, the primary characters, the triumphs, failures, fears, and hopes first narrated thousands of years ago—and still spellbinding to this day."


This book, aside from fairy tales, has introduced me to the world beyond our reach. I first had this book because back in high school, we were required to read it. I never really understood back then why it seemed that I was one of the few who enjoyed reading this and majority of our class despised having to be given the assignment to read it. I always found it entertaining. Well, the first few stories were a bit tedious but it was a foundation that helped me understand the other tales so it wasn’t much of a big deal to me. 

I don’t have many words to describe how I feel about this book. I look up to it so much for being the root of letting me grow as a reader and aided me to open my eyes and mind to a world of vast imagination, creativity and foreign culture. 


  1. Edith Hamilton's 'Mythology' was a perfect research tool and it was interesting, which is always a plus. She left out some juicy details, and the Norse section was rather brief, but other than that it was very concise. I really appreciated the family trees at the end.



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