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God Beneath the Sea Paperback – June 1, 2015
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A classic introduction to the subject of Greek mythology, fascinating for children and adults alike
Leon Garfield and Edward Blishen retell some of the most famous Greek myths in this classic of children's literature. This is the epic history of the Greek Gods told from their violent beginnings to the creation of man. The novel begins with newborn Hephaestus cast from Mount Olympus by his mother Hera. He is raised in a grotto by Thetis and Eurynome, and the two goddesses tell him various Greek creation myths. The novel continues with myths of the Olympians and the age of gods and mortals, and concludes with Hephaestus returning to Olympus, having been cast down for a second time after reproaching Zeus.
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• "The best ever rendering of the Greek myths in modern English." --The Guardian
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- ASIN : 0857533118
- Publisher : Doubleday Childrens (June 1, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780857533111
- ISBN-13 : 978-0857533111
- Reading age : 9 - 11 years
- Grade level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,426,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To enjoy this fully, without having to refer all the time to a classical dictionary, you will need to have read a straightforward (children's) book of myths, or to have some other previous knowledge of them. Only then will you be able to be sucked in to the whirlpool of this retelling. Then you will read it again. It is so well written that at each re-reading you find greater depths and subtleties. And then you will read Homer with a proper, dispassionate understanding of heroism and death; and Sophocles as he lays bare the agonising dilemmas of the morality which must develop from this code in a qestioning society.
The best introduction that I know to the birth of Western society: and possibly, because the Greeks asked questions, to getting us to ask questions about today's World society.
A wonderful book in its own right, full of passion, power and poetry.