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Review Round-Up #2 March 4, 2010

Posted by rebeccareid in Reading and Reviewing Classics, Reading and Reviewing Retellings.
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You’ve been busy reading. Here are some of the reviews you submitted to us from your challenge reading!

Ancient History

Jenny Loves to Read discusses The Epic of Gilgamesh, which she says “it was a quick read and it certainly piqued my interest in ancient texts or stories.”

It’s Greek to Me

Heather at Word Trix wrote about Aristotle’s brief Poetics, which she calls “the first book for writers.” She enjoyed it and says “how little the “rules” of writing have changed over the centuries.”

Roman Holiday

Heather J. at Age 30+ A Lifetime of Books discussed her attempts to read Aupelius’ The Golden Ass. She says it was the old translation that made this a “did not finish” for her.

Olde English

Rebecca at Rebecca Reads finished Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. I said, “I enjoyed reading Sir Gawain for the language” because it really is beautiful.

Asian Traditions

Rebecca at Rebecca Reads finished The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon. I really enjoyed it because she was like a blogger: I say, “I think she was born 1000 years too early, because she loved finding something, be it funny, annoying, or ironic, in the ordinary events of the day.”

Extra Credit

Megan at Working title reviewed The Palace of Illusions, a retelling of some of the events in the Indian classic Mahabharata. She says, “This is an absolutely lovely story, filled with beauty, and utter despair, and everything in between. I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to sample the literature of India, with a modern twist.”

Rebecca at Rebecca Reads read Moses, Man of the Mountain by Zora Neale Hurston, a retelling of the story of the Hebrew Exodus. Although it had some faults, I’m fascinated by the story of the Exodus so I loved the premise: “tell the story of Moses and the Hebrews basing it on African-American folkloric practices (hoodoo and magic).”

And there you have it! The second round-up of reviews. If you have also reviewed something in the second half of the challenge, let us know and we can add it here. Thanks for reading and reviewing these greats of antiquity!

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