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Graphics in context,
This review is from: The Graphic Canon, Vol. 1: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons (Paperback)
I really don't understand why the negative comments about the sexual explicitness. Firstly, there are nowhere near as many naked women and pornographic scenes as the first 2 reviewers would have you believe. Notice how they didn't even mention which works that they are talking about? One calls the artists "pigs" when one of the most graphic (and it really isn't even that graphic) was drawn by a woman. Also, the sexuality is in context with the story (Lysistrata the play by Aristophanes in which the women withhold sex from the males so that they will make peace & a lesbian take on John Donne's the Flea in which the narrator is trying to seduce a woman) and again it isn't even graphic enough to call "porn". This book is beautiful and the artwork is in my opinion phenomenal. I always wanted to read classics like the Iliad and Dante's inferno but could never get through them. This is like a supercool cliff notes version. I especially enjoyed "Medea". There are numerous stories in here with absolutely no nudity. I also enjoyed another similar book called "Masterpiece Comics". If you like graphic novels and want to learn more about the classics- and you understand that there are sexual underpinnings to some of the classics and are not ashamed and embarrassed of the naked female and male bodies then this book is for you!