Germain Greer courts controversy knowingly. If you get offended by what she writes you are missing the point. The allegations against her in writing this as an advocation of paedophilia are totally stupid. That is, unless you get turned on by the old masters. There is no titillation here unless you enjoy the raunchier side of Greek myth. For me this book was interesting while she was setting up her argument but rapidly became repetitive as Greer rolled out example upon example of how boys are portrayed in art throughout history. Apart from all the pictures Greer's argument stales in later chapters and she resorts to endless retellings of how boys are 'used' in myth/legend and folklore which becomes a bit tiring. However the pictures and the fact the Germaine is a goddess carries this book into the 'good' category.
Frankly, a very disappointing book. Not particularly well written - the narrative kept jumping about in no seeming chronological order. The photos, for which many, I am sure, will buy this book were also very disappointing. Very few were original to this book. Sorry, 2 stars only
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Nice concept but Greer's taste in men is far beyond the realms of an any easthetic norm, and is far too idiosyncratic to qualify as historical documentary. And despite being idiosyncratic there IS NO historical point of view and no reference to the precepts or historical reporting which would qualify her argument. Poor execution.