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Natalie Haynes

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Gods damn! This book was infuriating.
The beginning was a bit jumbled but once it found its footing, we flew. We flew right in to the shit show that is mythology. I absolutely ate up this point of view. I was the weird mom who wanted to hug and comfort the poor girl from The Ring and I felt just as much love for Medusa and the gorgons. I will keep other feelings to myself about elements in the story that drive much of the plot so there aren’t misinterpretations. I will never be able to watch Clash of the Titans again.
Also, I’m so printing a resin tribute for the goddess who gave up and sacrificed so much.
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cmpeters | 19 andra recensioner | Feb 2, 2024 |
If you love Greek mythology, sarcasm, and studying the classics from a feminist POV, this one is for you. I loved every second of this dive into the stories of the goddesses. Haynes doesn't shy away from painful stories, but she manages to bring humor to the book as well. I'm off to read the rest of her books now and I can't believe I missed her work so far!
bookworm12 | 4 andra recensioner | Jan 23, 2024 |
Enjoyed this for the snark. Not a fan of gods or heros.
libraryhead | 19 andra recensioner | Jan 11, 2024 |
“Not only did the ancient Greeks seem to have modelled gods in their mortal image, but they apparently chose their worst selves as the template.”

Having read and loved Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths by Natalie Haynes, I was eager to read the author’s latest work of non-fiction and I was not disappointed! Meticulously researched, factual, informative, and laced with the author’s insightful observations and trademark wit, Divine Might: Goddesses in Greek Myth is an immersive read.

While most existing texts (and much of the inspired art) depict female characters from the Greek myths predominantly from the male perspective which, though interesting, can certainly feel (on occasion) unidimensional, the author allows us to explore each of the goddesses and their myth with a fresh interpretation of their gifts and motivations, vices, and their lasting impact on the modern world. As the author states in her brilliant introduction, ” Women can now make art, and we require no one’s permission. We can create our own stories of all those gods and monsters and –if we choose –make them in our image.”

My favorites were the chapters on The Muses, Hestia, Demeter and The Furies but I did enjoy the remaining chapters on Hera, Athene, Artemis and Aphrodite as well. Referencing several sources, the author delves deep into the characters, their stories from the myths and how their stories have inspired various art forms all around the world ranging from paintings and sculptures and artifacts to movies, music and much more.

Please note that this is not a “retelling” but a series of discussions about the goddesses in Greek Myth drawn from various existing sources with the author’s observations interwoven throughout the chapters.

Many thanks to Harper Perennial and Paperbacks and NetGalley for the digital review copy of Divine Might: Goddesses in Greek Myth. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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srms.reads | 4 andra recensioner | Jan 9, 2024 |



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