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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (30 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857533118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857533111
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Genuine, imaginative retellings . . . Everything jumps to life in front of your eyes" (Ted Hughes)

"The best ever rendering of the Greek myths in modern English" (The Guardian)

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Leon Garfield and Edward Blishen retell some of the most famous Greek myths in this classic of children's literature. Winner of the Carnegie Medal.

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I love mythology as long time readers will well know. Greek Myths, in particular, have always held my interest, ever since reading Marcia William’s comic style retellings from cover to cover as a child.

The God Beneath the Sea tells the early stories of the Gods and their war with the Titans to claim rule, up to Prometheus and the creation of man, and Hera’s betrayal of Zeus. The Gods are not generous – they are at best bickering, at worst at each other’s throats. Their initial response to Man is not a good one.

And the strength of this book is that it doesn’t shy away from that. There’s no Disney sugar coating here, no painting a picture of kind, generous gods as you see in so many reinterpretations. These are the gods in all their gory glory, tricking each other, plotting revenge for perceived wrongs, generally being petty and pathetic, not godly.

I was a little disappointed that it ended before the heroes that so many people know and love. I really wanted volume two, but with forty years between initial publication and this current edition, I don’t think that’s likely.

Along with the stories, there are some beautiful illustrations by Charles Keeping. Given the book is ostensibly for children, they are incredibly creepy – with a baby’s head being birthed through a mouth, Prometheus’ clearly naked form being attacked by a vulture, a baby being held in a fire among others. They perfectly capture the tone and content of the myths, and the lively line art style makes the pictures really jump from the page.

Overall, a good book for the Greek Mythology fan, with energetic retelling and illustration.

Rating: 4/5
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I love Greek mythology, so much so that I dedicated my degree years to studying it. This retelling, while marketed for children, is not childishly written. It is a visceral, wonderfully descriptive version of some of the best stories in history.
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A fantastic book I discovered as a teenager and which left a huge impact on me. I have since recommended this book to many people who were just as taken by it than I was. An easy pleasant read with a sensitive novel-like feel which is both compelling and gripping. A must for anyone who wants to discover Greek mythology.
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A brilliant look at the evolution of the ancient gods. Their personalities and relationships are brought to life.
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New copy promptly delivered despite Xmas rush
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