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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 13 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 11 Dec. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AMLIGF8
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Jolly glad I did. Barring the first bit "myth central" which put me off totally, the rest of the book was well written, gripping, easy to follow and enjoyable. I didn't find the Greek characters difficult to deal with, the fact that they're named after mythological characters made no difference once I had a grasp on their personality.
I realised that it was special as soon as I read the first paragraph
"She thought of Chaos, and the original confusion, and felt as if she were a part of that tumult. Earth and sea and heaven and hell were mixed up, and everything inside of her was a whirligig. The Greek chorus was screaming in her head, all of them wanting out."
I may be mistaken but to me the language echoes Genesis and the resolution of order from chaos, but here there is nothing good, only the howling of demons and Gods in the body of a young woman.
For Helen is apparently a victim of dissociative identity disorder or multiple personality disorder. It seems that Greek goddesses live within her. We are told that "enthusiasm" originally meant being possessed by the Gods and such seems to be the fate of Helen, her voice and appearance change as the various goddesses control her yet at the same time she also has the personality of an artistic young woman and a young girl seeking her father. The various personalities are both ignorant of each other yet bound together as a family. Magic hovers within the surrounding darkness but this is not a book about magic, it's about a world in which the irrational can become reality - or maybe it's only appearance because the novel questions even the premise that Helen is really suffering from a mental disorder.
It sounds as though the book should be difficult and pretentious but it really isn't.Read more ›
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Russell's characters are wonderful and the story lines are first ratePublished 11 months ago by S. Rifflart
Although I have read his other books and really enjoyed them, this one I found not to be to my likingPublished 11 months ago by I G.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book as being different to many thrillers and quite educational on Greek Mythology.Published 18 months ago by Robbo
The further you get into this book the more you want to read. Bit of a slow burner but difficult to put down .Published on 16 Jun. 2014 by BEN 1
When I had finished the book I looked for other books that Alan Russell had written. Great story! Got me hooked.Published on 23 May 2014 by ANNE HOLCROFT
Mythology too much detail sometimes got lost and had to go back to remind myself of plot felt it stretched storyPublished on 14 April 2014 by Marcus Keaveney