The Furies

The Furies

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by Bernard Evslin

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Gr 5 Up-- Standard collections of Greek mythology include few mentions of the Furies, so it is not surprising that this volume must focus instead on Helios, Circe, Dione, and Salmoneus. The Furies (Tisiphone, Alecto, and Megaera) make three brief and vicious appearances; Evslin dwells on the horrific aspects of these goddesses and omits their part in the myths of Orestes, depriving readers of the rich complexity of the Furies' dual nature as the Eumenides, protectors of the suppliant. The Furies of this volume truly fit the bill, yet Evslin trivializes them by writing that their pet names for each other are Tiss, Ally, and Meg. Most mythology collections describe this trio as snake-haired, but there is no mention of it here. Also, the attempt to modernize these myths is less than successful: the text is an uncomfortable mix of formal narrative, inane dialogue, and unnecessary editorializing. The numerous illustrations are handsome reproductions of art works representative of many cultures and times. They are misleading, however: although the captions imply that the pictures illustrate the text, they rarely have anything to do with the story being told. Attempting to popularize the myths is admirable, but not at the expense of the original. --Cynthia Bishop, Onondaga County Public Library, Syracuse, NY

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AnnBKeller More than 1 year ago
This best-selling author on mythology brilliantly relates the tale of the fiery Helios, describes the birth and rise of Zeus, the highest of the gods and the horrid creatures called the Furies. These three hags, Tisiphone, Aleto and Megaera, bedeviled many with their immense brass wings and sharp claws before finally dying in the arms of Helios. In counterpoint is Circe, a girl with startling green eyes, who turned sailors venturing to her island into swine and bears and the teachings of Dione, the graceful oak goddess. Lovely illustrations highlight this mythological adventure. A nice addition to any library.