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Alone of All Her Sex by Marina Warner
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Nov 18, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: feminist, art, religion, literature-criticism-and-essays

Marina Warner closely examines the history and influence of the idea of the Virgin Mary. This is not a biography. Instead, Warner looks at how society has viewed and even used the Virgin. Warner starts with the gospels and works her way up the early twentith century.

What I found most intersting was the similarities between the Virgin and anicent myths and legends. While I knew that certain holy days occured during certain "pagan" feast days, I wasn't not aware of (or never really thought about) the closeness in stories between some of the Mary stories and the ancient myths of Greece. It is very interesting.

While the book does have a feminist bent or slant, it is not over the top or off putting. Warner at times get a little dull, almost list like in some brief pages, but overall the read was enjoyable.
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