- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (30 Jun. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099308010
- ISBN-13: 978-0099308010
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Marriage Of Cadmus And Harmony Paperback – 30 Jun 1994
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"A dynamic encounter between modernity and the oldest stories known to Europe." (Robin Blake The Independent)
"I have no idea whether or not Roberto Calasso is a 'genius' but I do know that The Marriage Of Cadmus and Harmony is a perfect work like no other" (Gore Vidal)
"It will be read and re-read not as a treatise but as a story: one of the most extraordinary that has ever been written of the origins of Western self-consciousness" (Simon Schama)
"A masterpiece...a wonderfully fashioned work of art" (John Banville Irish Times)
"A brilliant and profound narration" (A. S. Byatt The Times)
Greco-Roman mythology meets and shapes a contemporary novel to form a book that is unprecedented and wonderful.See all Product description
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I'm passionate about Ancient Greece, and I think Roberto Calasso traveled in time and when he returned he managed to condense the Ancient Greek spirit in one marvellous book.
What an incredible way to approach Greek mythology. Europa, Dionysus. From Zeus to Heracles to the Danaids. Hera. Pelops. The Elysian mysteries. From Kore and Demeter to Cassandra. Calasso doesn't just tell us the myths - he weaves, he dances, he connects the threads, grows the synapses, extracts the juice. It's quite absorbing and uber fascinating. It's also very demanding on the brain. Like Daniel Kahneman notes in his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, when the brain is asked to do too much like really concentrate and do some work, we prefer usually to bail out. I didn't and boy, am I glad. Cadmus and Harmony, eh? I quote:
"To invite the gods ruins our relationship with them but sets history in motion. A life in which the gods are not invited isn't worth living. It will be quieter, but there won't be any stories."
Enjoy the stories.
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