Book Review: D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire
Author: Ingri d’Aulaire
Plot: An ultimate guide to Greek mythology, its gods and heroes starting from the very scratch of creation of world.
My rating: 5 /5 stars
A beginner’s guide to Greek Myths
Have you been one of those who have been tormented with endless characters of Greek mythologies, all those weird guys with weird names? Or are you the one who keep messing up Orpheus, Oedipus and odyssey? Or always in a dilemma as to who copulated with who and what came out of whom? Which creature killed which hero or which hero did what? Fear not for there comes a solution- D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths.
This book is your ultimate guide to the basics of Greek myths explained in the simplest fashion (well because it is originally a children’s book meant for about kids of 8-13 yr range, …but hey whatever works man !) The book is your “Greek mythology for Dummies” and by the end of the book you will be able to tell the difference between Heracles, Perseus, Theseus and Jason. Plus it has got pictures a lots of them
The language is kept under control so as not to pollute the young minds and believe me when it comes to Greek mythology, there is nothing that can go without sounding raunchy. It’s filled with all the exciting stiff, rape, kidnapping, lust, treachery, adultery, inter familial relationship and breeding and all other cool stuffs. So you have to give it to the authors for bringing all these out in a fairy tale fashion without all the creepiness making you squirm
All the major incidents and gods have been discussed and in a manner that you will be able to get a clearer and sharp picture of Greek myths, gods and heroes. Plus you will also learn that half of the Olympians were misogynist, rapist and murders and moreover big time flirts. But come what may. There has nothing that has hold my interest and passion as much as Greek mythology. I have always been fascinated by it and always will be.
The problem with Greek mythology is that there are lots of versions floating around and nobody knows which one is false and which one true. So this book is what you can say the best possible and closest to the Greek mythology. What is even interesting is that they have gone about the myths in a sequential order starting with the very beginning of this world. So if you have no clue about Greek mythology, this book will help you learn it from the scratch