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For Her Dark Skin

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  4 reviews
For Her Dark Skin is a tightly crafted exploration of the story of Jason and Medea weaving both traditional and contemporary fictional and thematic elements into a sharply ironic tale of revenge, ambition, passion and pride. Desires and consequences lead the all-too-human characters through a piercing new interpretation of classic themes.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Owl Creek Press
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My favorite moment was when Medea put Cupid in a choke hold and wrestled him to the ground.
Jan 21, 2013 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everett fans; fans of reinterpreted myths
Shelves: mythologies
I’m giving Percival Everett’s For Her Dark Skin a cool three stars. It’s a retelling of the Medea myth (following Euripides’ own rather late interpretation*) but it falls rather short of saying something new – at least to me.

As Christa Wolf does in her Medea, Everett tells the tale in brief chapters told from various points of view, chief among them being Jason, the traditional hero of the myth; Polydeuces, the brother of Helen of Troy and in this version Jason’s friend; Tamar, a woman of Corint
This is an absolutely brilliant and hilarious book. It's a retelling of the story of Medea. It's a short book, and I think out of print; however, if you can get your hands on a copy... READ IT. IT'S TOTALLY WORTH IT!
Wes Young
Perhaps a little ambitious for a startup writer - to try to put a current spin on greek mythology. It is really the book's downfall. Not to mention that the part of the Medea story it covers is the boring, middling part, with the slightest wisp of focus on her revenge (which for those unfamiliar is the best part).
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Percival L. Everett (born 1956) is an American writer and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

There might not be a more fertile mind in American fiction today than Everett’s. In 22 years, he has written 19 books, including a farcical Western, a savage satire of the publishing industry, a children’s story spoofing counting books, retellings of the Greek myths
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