Retellings of Myths

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Retellings of Myths

1Stefuto
Oct 31, 2023, 4:20 am

Hello all! This group is dormant and I wasn't sure if I should ask my question here or somewhere else. I'll just give it a try and let's see what happens :)
I recently read Madeline Miller's Circe and Song of Achilles and I loved them both. Delving into the lives of Circe and Patroclus made them so much more real! And I would like more recommendations on books like that.
I am interested in the world's mythologies. This past year I read a few books on Norse myths and now I started reading Celtic myths and although I find them very interesting, sometimes the writing could be a bit boring. And I want to read much more about the mythologies of the world. So please send me any recommendations on books on mythology and especially rettellings like Madeline Miler's where the characters really come alive.
I will read the other posts of this group but please direct me to any threads that might give me the recommendations I am asking for :)
Thank you

2Marissa_Doyle
Oct 31, 2023, 10:22 am

A excellent retelling of the Welsh Mabinogion is Evangeline Walton's version. Mabinogion Tetralogy

3Stefuto
Oct 31, 2023, 5:02 pm

That's awesome! I have started reading the Mabinogion but it can be a bit hard to read. I will definitely check your recommendation :)

4SandraArdnas
Oct 31, 2023, 11:07 pm

There's Gaiman's Norse Mythology, haven't got around to read it yet, so can't comment.

Quite liked Atwood's The Penelopiad, she takes liberties to reinterpret or rather give it from Penelope's perspective.

5lilithcat
Oct 31, 2023, 11:29 pm

>1 Stefuto:

The Penelopiad that >4 SandraArdnas: recommended is part of Canongate's Myths series: https://www.librarything.com/nseries/1654/The-Myths.

I'd also suggest Katharina Hacker's Morpheus

6Marissa_Doyle
Oct 31, 2023, 11:52 pm

Claire North, who is an amazing writer, is wading into mythology retellings as well. I haven't read them yet, but there's The House of Odysseus and Ithaca.

7DuncanHill
Nov 1, 2023, 8:43 am

8shearon
Nov 1, 2023, 1:18 pm

I, too, have recently gotten interested in the retelling of myths, specifically the Greek. I also enjoyed the Madeline Miller books referenced above. A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes and The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, both very good, tell the Trojan War story mostly from the perspective of captive women. The different perspectives of all these result in varying portrayals of the characters. I look forward to reading the Claire North and Margaret Atwood books referenced above. I can't wait to see how Atwood tells these stories.

9Stefuto
Nov 1, 2023, 1:39 pm

>8 shearon: Thank you! I will read the ones you mentioned :)

10Stefuto
Nov 1, 2023, 1:40 pm

>7 DuncanHill: Read it and loved it! I especially loved his notes detailing the sources of each myth and comparing them with other mythologies!

11Stefuto
Nov 1, 2023, 1:41 pm

>6 Marissa_Doyle: Thank you so much! your recommendations are now in my reading list :)

12Stefuto
Nov 1, 2023, 1:42 pm

>4 SandraArdnas: I have read Gaiman's Norse Mythology! I really liked it!

13Stefuto
Nov 1, 2023, 1:43 pm

>5 lilithcat: Thank you! :)

14Stefuto
Dec 18, 2023, 3:21 am

Hello all! I stumbled upon these books and I thought they might be of interest to other members of this discussion.
https://rickriordan.com/rick-riordan-presents/
Now the books on this website are not retellings of myths but stories inspired by different mythologies. I haven't read them but they are high on my list.
Happy holidays everyone!

15KazJoyPress
Dec 21, 2023, 5:37 pm

>1 Stefuto: my novel Dancing The Labyrinth incorporates the Cretan version of the Myth of Ariadbe, which is quite different from the Mycenaean/ Greek version