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Alcestis by Katharine Beutner
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Jul 11, 11

bookshelves: 2011, fairy-tales-and-mythology
Read in July, 2011

Unremarkable. Beutner's prose was well-written, but the book seemed divided into two (or even three) parts that didn't hang together well for some reason. The first part of the book describes Alcestis growing up and getting married to Admetus, which was engaging. The second part covers the three days she spent in the underworld, meeting and falling in love with Persephone -- this seemed disjointed and was hard to follow. The final short portion was her return to Admetus and the world of the living.

As others have written, this book followed very closely to the myth, and unfortunately didn't add much depth to it. I'm giving it three stars because the writing is good, but the book itself is pretty thin.

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