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Men and Gods: Stories from Greek Mythology (New Windmills) Hardcover – January 1, 1968

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"In first place, the stories are beautiful and satisfying in themselves. In the second place, they have deeply affected our own literature." -Rex Warner "Shakespeare, Shelley, Tennyson and many others got their knowledge of Greek mythology from the often ironical-and always sophisticated-narratives of Ovid...Detail after detail fixes these myths in the memory...The Golden Age of Greece is dim today, but in "Gods and Men" the golden apples still shine upon the bough." -"The New York Times" "Rex Warner retells thirty-eight famous myths of ancient Greece that ought to be the intellectual heritage of all the young." -"The New York Times" "The British critic V. S. Pritchett once described Mr. Warner as 'the only outstanding novelist of ideas whom the decade of ideas produced.'" -"The New York Times"
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Product Details

  • Series: New Windmills
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (January 1, 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521171814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521171816
  • ASIN: 0435120123
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,212,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bruce D. Wilner on November 4, 2010
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This is quality material, skillfully narrated albeit accompanied by illustrations that did more to confuse me and cause me consternation me than actually to elucidate the tales. The selection is balanced, covering gods and heroes with equal emphasis, though it fails to provide the de rigueur "origin of the Olympians" explanation or--as some would say is critically important--address more mythohistoric material such as the "Seven Against Thebes" (which I, personally, find boring). This isn't as encyclopedic as Schwab's work, and it doesn't provide the umpteen variants and footnotes-atop-footnotes of Graves's work, but it does a better job than, say, the Bulfinch or Hamilton toward which the feet of the uninitiated are typically directed. I still think--regardless of the obvious juvenility (which I prefer to regard as juvenescence!) of the target audience--you can't do better than D'Aulaire. Their coverage is superior, their illustrations are unique and intriguing, the stories are expertly narrated, and you just can't ask for something that looks or feels more comprehensive and thoughtfully knitted together. All of these are available at AMAZON.com! (Gentlemen, you can send my commission checks to my address of record :-)
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I have no comment on the text, as I really bought the book for the Gorey illustrations, as I suspect many will do. In a 281-page book, there are 12 Gorey illustrations, not counting the front and back covers. (There are 36 stories and thus only one-third are illustrated.) I find this a little thin, especially given Gorey's name on the cover is far bigger than Warner's. However, 12 illustrations may still be worth the price of the book; they are marvelous.
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My Dad read this to me as a bedtime book, and once I could read myself I read it many times. This is a fantastic introduction to the Greek myths for any young adult and perhaps some older ones as well.
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Began reading this to the kids while we hiked today. Wow. I love these ancient stories. I know they are intense and graphic, but they have been told for ages to children and my children handle them fine as "read together" material. The stories are incredible jumping off points for a woodland discussion. My 5-year old boy can run forward and back, my 8-year old daughter and I get fresh air and out of doors exposure, we all learn from stories of ancient wisdom. Love.
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