Here, the World Entire
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After being cursed by Athena for her 'transgression' with Poseidon in her temple, Medusa lives alone on the outskirts of the world, secluding herself from everyone so as to keep both herself and the rest of the world safe. When Perseus comes to ask for her help, Medusa tries desperately to make him leave, but no matter what she does, Perseus stays. As the days wear on and she reveals more about what led her to the cave, it becomes obvious that there is a choice to make: stay safe and alone, or re-enter the world with Perseus. One question still remains, however: what does Perseus want?
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Jan 18, 2017Well-written and very enjoyable. I only give it four stars because it was so short and I found myself wishing for more.
Jan 10, 2017Self published books can be a risk but I will happily say that you really should buy this book because it’s 80 pages of entirely immersive writing. I’ve been obsessed with myth from an early age so you may assume that I am rather fussy about anything, fiction or non-fiction wise, that features mythology and you would be right. There are so many assumptions made about mythology with absolutely no real evidence behind them and, with the majority of historians up until fairly recently being men, it is no surprise that the retellings of stories from these ancient civilisations tend to swing in favour of the heroic male figures and the coy nymphs that do nothing but dance around them and occasionally giggle. Recently there has been a resurgence in the idea of ancient Gods with far more human aspects such as their jealousy and greed, the mistakes they make, the ways they can be tricked and the many many times they just couldn’t care less about the human world so long as there is still wine... More > to be drunk. (A prime example would be the ‘Thor’ films and the book ‘Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes’ which you should also read as it’s hilarious). But still the women always seem to be supporting characters to those Gods and heroes that we know and love. That is where this little gem comes in. Hayward take the lesser known origin story of the gorgon Medusa and weaves it through the coming of Perseus to her lair. The narrative is an in depth view of Medusa’s inner turmoil and longing for the life that was taken from her by selfish and vengeful Gods who she thought would protect her. Her pain is so relatable in a society where the topics of women’s bodies and sexual assault accountability are still dividing opinion. I read fast and a by-product of that is that sometimes I start to skim paragraphs or my mind wonders and I realise I’ve missed a line. I can honestly say that when I, very occasionally, realised I was doing that with this book I went straight back to where I last remembered and read it again so as not to miss a single word. The whole narrative feels so organic, so like my own wandering mind, wavering between the past and the present, that I reached the end without realising the pages passing by. And the end itself left so many questions in my mind. I came out of this book feeling powerful and vulnerable all at the same time, and as Medusa gazes on the world she has felt so separate from I saw that world through her unintentionally malignant eyes.< Less
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- Anwen Kya Hayward (Standard Copyright License)
- December 13, 2016
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.26 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 4.25 wide x 6.88 tall
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