Customer Reviews


4 Reviews
5 star:    (0)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An odd book
I wonder whether I am the first person to try to review this because no one else can think of anything to say either. The synopsis is accurate. The style is approachable and the book is easy to read - perhaps a bit too chatty and like an email (indeed, there are emails as part of the story). I was left however thinking, "so what?" I felt like I missed something. Perhaps...
Published on 20 Sep 2002

versus
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mythological Puzzle
Marina Warner's The Leto Bundle is nothing if not ambitious in its chronological scale, stretching from 400BC to the 1990s. The novel concerns a collection of artefacts found with a mummy, that talk of the life and wandering of a mysterious woman known as Leto.

Housed in the Museum of Albiom, the mummy begins to draw around it a ragtag group of followers of...
Published on 7 Jun 2009 by LittleMoon


Most Helpful First | Newest First

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mythological Puzzle, 7 Jun 2009
By 
LittleMoon (loving my life in the rain) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)   
This review is from: The Leto Bundle (Paperback)
Marina Warner's The Leto Bundle is nothing if not ambitious in its chronological scale, stretching from 400BC to the 1990s. The novel concerns a collection of artefacts found with a mummy, that talk of the life and wandering of a mysterious woman known as Leto.

Housed in the Museum of Albiom, the mummy begins to draw around it a ragtag group of followers of "various nationalities" first noticed by the dedicated cleaners who must dispose of the "tideline[s] of hair of flakes of skin... [the] mortal rime of leavings". One of the group is eccentric school teacher Kim McQuy, who "hears" Leto talking to him and is determined to uncover her "truth" as part of an online public campaign to restore the Leto Bundle to a more appropriately high-profile setting. The straight-laced Museum Curator Hortense Fernly is his sceptical source of information, and the two communicate largely through emails. Mellowing wild-child folk/pop singer Gramercy Poule, who notices Kim virtually plagiarising her lyrics on his website, is also slowly pulled in. Pulled into what?

Pulled into the wider story, the greater context, the uncontrollable vortex that represents the destiny of the woman, Leto: whose life the novel pieces together through fragments of translated documents and chance encounters. Leto is born firmly in the realm of classical mythology, raped by a God and bearing twins, but as the story progresses she transcends time and reality, in what ultimately becomes the search for her lost son. Although, Warner seems to have grander schemes, and Leto becomes the Patron Saint of the dispossessed, the homeless, the immigrant, the exile; her life physically embodying the emotional and spiritual wrenches of refugees throughout the ages.

It's a winding, puzzling story that does involve the reader (along with the characters) slowly making sense of the information revealed. However, the novel at times seems overly complex, or perhaps it is just this reader who is uninformed. I was confused by the sense of place, and couldn't visualise anything other than a vague backdrop against which events unfold. There are no recognisable modern names, though surely the places are London, Britain and America. I don't quite understand why "places" are thus obscured, unless Warner intends her readers to be similarly displaced?

Overall, The Leto Bundle is bold in scope, thought-provoking in content, and written with delicate prose, but is definitely for those who like their novels intricate, and their authors erudite.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A somewhat disappointing read, 29 July 2013
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Leto Bundle (Paperback)
This is very typically a Marina Warner book that is obviously clever that has amazing reviews and I was truly looking forward to reading it. However, I didn't find it at all satisfying and was frequently confused which may, of course, be my problem! Having read her 'From the Beast to The Blonde' as one of the suggested books from an MA, I realise the author's skill but cannot say I found The Leto Bundle a good read.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An odd book, 20 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Leto Bundle (Paperback)
I wonder whether I am the first person to try to review this because no one else can think of anything to say either. The synopsis is accurate. The style is approachable and the book is easy to read - perhaps a bit too chatty and like an email (indeed, there are emails as part of the story). I was left however thinking, "so what?" I felt like I missed something. Perhaps the stories changed too often. I'm not sure the attempt to mix the plight of refugees with Greek myth was wholly successful. Nevertheless, I'd recommend this if you're thinking of reading it.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 16 Sep 2011
This review is from: The Leto Bundle (Hardcover)
This was a used item that arrived in good time and was in fairly good condition. It was also a reasonable price for a hardback book.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

The Leto Bundle
The Leto Bundle by Marina Warner (Paperback - 7 Feb 2002)
£8.88
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews