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Tales from Ovid: Twenty-four Passages from the "Metamorphoses" Kindle Edition
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It's a truly wonderful and brilliant work. The best book by a British writer during the 1990s.
Hughes's Ovid is better than the old Ovid!
The original Press reviews said it was a very fine book - even Steiner in The Observer! - and they were right. A classic.
I was introduced to this book some time back by a dear friend of mine who loved Hughes's translation of the story of Echo and Narcissus and read it while studying Classics. That was indeed one of my favourites in the collection, accompanied too by the stories of Arethusa, of Venus and Adonis (and Atalanta), of Actaeon, of Arachne, and of so many others. My wife also studied classics and we resolved some time ago to purchase the book and read it aloud, which was a fantastic, though extended, experience. Now, I almost cannot imagine these stories read silently.
Hughes represents forcibly Ovid's core theme of metamorphosis: the fact that men and gods are vulnerable to change and flux. Furthermore, Hughes also captures the messages of the stories well in his physical and robust language - you feel Arachne's pride as she takes on Minerva, you internalise the urgent, visceral need that Narcissus feels for himself, you experience the change of body to water as Arethusa tries to evade Alpheus and they both metamorphose. Ovid's original stories contain violence, rape, murder, and vengeance and Hughes's presentation of these acts is vivid and transformative. Again, in the story of Arethusa you cannot help but understand the sense of pursuit, of intent to fulfill passionate ravishment, the urge to penetrate, to touch, to clutch. Reading this book is unlike reading a novel, and unlike reading most contemporary poetry.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an interesting enough take on Ovid's stories, making for a good primer before approaching the original text with some background. Read morePublished 10 months ago by keen reader
Besides the fact that this book is a fantastic read, I am constantly halted by having to go back and check for full stops, mid sentence because of the poor formatting.Published 16 months ago by Joshua
Little needs to be said about this book. A masterpiece translation from one of the most powerful classic texts; two of the greatest writers in history synthesise. Simply beautiful.Published on 1 Nov. 2013 by Matt Adamson
Poetry from the Ancients. In the skillful hands of Ted Hughes, they have an immediacy to the modern mind, giving us the depth that nowadays is lackingPublished on 22 Sept. 2013 by King Paul
Greek myths from Ovid's Metamorphoses retold in Ted Hughes's wonderful poetry. Beautiful, very funny and instructive. Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2013 by Dr C Richards