- Paperback: 502 pages
- Publisher: Nabu Press (September 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1178191311
- ISBN-13: 978-1178191318
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 243 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,736,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Furthermore, Bulfinch's approach is affected by the time period (mid 1800s), social norms, and his own personal opinion; he often slides in his own comments which leads the reader to doubt that he's telling the entire story-- and most of the time, he doesn't tell the whole story. He manages to exclude a lot of the sexual activity of the gods (which anyone who knows anything about mythology knows that the gods are always having affairs... ALWAYS) and insinuates that the gods were just spending time with one another. He also leaves out some of the gory details which are imperative in most stories; he glides over important scenes and repeatedly spends time explaining unimportant scenes instead.
Nevertheless, it's a good read if you're looking for an introductory book about Roman and Greek mythology but keep in mind that these stories have many plot variations, just because it's in this book doesn't mean it's a fact. Once you've read this, I encourage you to read Ovid's "Metamorphoses;" Ovid is relaxed and comedic-some of his stories are told more for the entertaining factor than correctness, but it's still a very good, enjoyable read.
I hope this helped!
-K. J. Burks
1. This version has no maps or drawings. (Granted, nowhere does it say it is illustrated.)
2. The footnotes are a mess: they have been inserted inline with the text [Footnote: Example] which is odd. In addition, many of the footnotes are [Footnote: See Proverbial Expressions] yet the section of Proverbial Expressions is left out of this edition.
3. The glossary is virtually worthless. In my illustrated version, the "glossary" is a Dictionary and Index. It gives you good information and page numbers so you can refer to the item in the book, especially helpful if it is a person who appears several times in the book. Also, the glossary in this edition has significantly fewer entries.
4. The illustrated version also has an index of the poets Bulfinch quotes, which is quite extensive. If you want to see examples of Milton using mythology in Paradise Lost, it is quite easy to look up. However, the poet index is completely omitted in this edition.
The worst part is that if someone is not familiar with Bulfinch's Mythology and they get this edition, they will get the information, but will miss the value, as this is not a book so much designed to be read cover to cover as it is to be read alongside Virgil or Ovid to help in understanding As Bulfinch has synthesized the myths and legends. It is a wonderful book, but this edition is missing some of the most important things.
I would recommend shelling out a few more dollars and getting a better edition.
This is THE go-to symposium of Greek myth, and also covers a great deal of Norse mythos as well.
For being on the kindle and being free, its an excellent book for a great price. We are not sorry to have it in our library.