Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable / The Legends of Charlemagne / The Age of Chivalry by Thomas Bulfinch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book is a very good introduction into mythology. I’ve had a long interest in mythology, Greek particularly, which had led me to already know many of the stories contained in this novel. I will admit that some of the myths were told in a new way to me, which made them new to me.
I’ve not had much experience with Norse mythology or the legends of Charlemagne, so both of those were quite fun to read as they were new to me. I’ve read the free little Amazon ebook on King Arthur and his Knights, so many of those myths were familiar, but I enjoyed rereading them again anyway.
However, I wasn’t impressed by the lengthy discussions on The Illiad, The Odyssey, Beowulf, and other epic poems. Granted, they are important pieces of mythology, but I feel that they should be studied on their own, not in collection with other mythological stories.
Overall, it’s a good introduction into mythology, and a good resource.
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My birthday is the summer, the summer just past. I received a very belated birthday present last September (I think?). I am just now getting a post up about it. Wow, I procrastinated a lot.
Anyway, if you haven’t figured it out, I received the boxed set of Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. I’ve always had a healthy interest in Greek Mythology so wanting to read these books was instant after I heard of them.
I also have the two movies that are out (but haven’t watched them).
I am aware that there is a sequel(?) set to this set but do not know anything about that, but if this series is as good as it’s made out to be I’ll be looking for that set next.
The Odyssey was something that was introduced to me in high school. It was read and discussed in class and then I promptly forgot it.
A few years ago (about 4) I dug up my interest in Greek Mythology and found numerous references to Homer’s Odyssey. Amazon has it as a free Kindle classic and so it found it’s way into my Goodread’s To-Read list. It is now the oldest unread ebook/book in my To-Read list.
That Must Change.
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