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Metamorphoses by Ovid
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2018-shelf, traditional-fiction, fantasy

I read this for one of those bucket-list reasons, having read a bunch of scholarly articles in college that constantly quote from Ovid... but I had NEVER READ THE ORIGINAL.

Alas. How many years has it been, with that guilt slowly creeping up on me?

So I did it. I read Ovid.

And I fell in love.

What the hell was I thinking? Avoiding this? I mean, how many damn mythology books have I read that go on and on about all the Greek classics, touted for their clear and concise styles, but really what I should have been doing is read the damn book of prose/poetry by the first-century master!

Even in translation, it's clear, entertaining, full of action and wit and subversiveness and plain JOY. And get this: it's not much longer than those full mythology books.

SO SILLY! Enjoy the ART! The action! The joy of beautiful text!

We even get poetical treatments of segments of the Illiad and Odyssey! But my favorites were Orpheus and the whole damn slew of the poor mortals getting f***ed over by the gods. :)

Granted, if you're not already familiar with the kind of name-dropping that comes with a world that normally knowns all these legends, it might seem rather overwhelming, but for all of you who've read at least one book on the Greeks and are tolerant of learning on the fly, I TOTALLY recommend Ovid.

I fairly danced with fun as I read this. I felt like I was watching the original Clash of the Titans for the first time. This had some really bloody sequences! The funny ones and the clever ones and even the LGBTQ ones are spread throughout, too! :) I'm frankly amazed we don't just have THIS to read in school. It's much better than most!

lol *shakes head*
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Reading Progress

March 25, 2013 – Shelved
April 27, 2018 – Started Reading
April 28, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-shelf
April 28, 2018 – Shelved as: traditional-fiction
April 28, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy
April 28, 2018 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Tracy (new)

Tracy Rowan You've convinced me.

Bradley Why does poetry get a bad rap? lol Right?

message 3: by Alissa (new)

Alissa Great review Bradley!

message 5: by Eric (new) - added it

Eric I downloaded the Delphi complete edition (I tend to really enjoy theirs when I can get them) and have started with his Amours, will get to his Metamorphoses. Haven't gotten much into them yet- I've definitely given myself too much to read (... then again, I'm loving it, so am I really complaining?...) - but so far Ovid is already terrific. Looking forward to the Metamorphoses...

Bradley I'm gonna read the rest of his stuff. Definitely. :) Can't complain at all, right?

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