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The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges
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I really don't know how JLB makes such exciting topic sound so boring.

Let's take Scylla as an example. She is one of the weirdest monsters--a girl with the heads of six barking dogs coming from her waist. The story behind her transformation (from Ovid's Metamorphoses) is equally twisted -- a guy named Glaucus falls in love with Scylla (lovely girl at this point), she scorns him. Desperate, he seeks help from Circe, the sorceress. (He is probably hoping for some love potion to change Scylla's mind.) To his surprise, Circe falls for him and puts down Scylla. And even though Glaucus says no, Circe goes ahead and poisons the water Scylla likes to bathe in. She only sank her body halfway when the dog heads grew out of her loins! Wild. Ovid's story stimulates emotions and marvels us.

JLB makes this story, as well as 100+ others, unbearably boring, just piles of exotic knowledge. If you are interested in these fantastic creatures, read Homer, Ovid, and various world mythologies. You'll enjoy the reading much more.
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August 31, 2016 – Shelved
August 31, 2016 – Shelved as: read-fiction

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