Greek myths are omnipresent. Most kids would have heard about some ancient Greek God such as Zeus or Athena or Hercules particularly thanks to cartoons and Hollywood film franchises.
However, myths like most folk literature are oral, not always recorded, can be fluid and changed to retell stories.
This wonderful Canongate collection, the Myths series, has done exactly that: taken myths from all over the world and allowed writers to re imagine them by adding their own thought to them.
The collection has several writers presenting well known myths in their own way. They do not necessarily change the whole story but give it more insight and suffuse it with their own ideas and views.
Weight by Jeanette Winterson also makes for an interesting read since it narrates the story from Atlas’ point of view. We not only get to see Hercules in his interaction with Atlas to finish his Twelve Labours, we also get to see how Atlas thinks and feels about his own burden- to hold the weight of the world.
It gives a poignant and philosophical insight into his thoughts. What must it feel like to hold the world? To see the universe, to feel time’s relentless push and worse, to feel time’s relentless push when one is stuck with the weight of the whole, wide world? How does one escape? Do we escape at all? Are we all carrying our own burdens?
Need more reasons to pick the book up?
In an adorable twist, Laika, the dog sent by Russia in 1957 to space, makes a guest appearance and Laika and Atlas become unlikely eternal companions.
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