Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Review: The friendly guide to Mythology

The friendly guide to Mythology is a book of mythology written by Nancy Hathaway.

I have found throughout the years, people tend to reference mythology in many situations. This can happen in a movie, tv show, in a book or a random discussion with friends. It can get rather annoying when you don't know anything about the tale.

I was originally given this book to read at University in the US for a course in World Mythology. It is not only a fascinating reference book about myths, but it is laid out in a way that encourages reading and feels like a story telling book of myths around the world.

Whether you want to know how the world was created, how someone became a hero, why the gods eat their children, why you shouldnt fly too close to the sun... this book can answer all the questions you may have.
You will see myths of gods, monsters, mortals and creation from Europe, Asia, Australia, America and Africa.
The reason I say it is more like a story book is because the book also contains photos and illustrations, which makes it easier to remember stories.

I love the cover art on this book, it is very right and colourful and gives readers the feeling that it is a light read and not a heavy and boring book of myths.
Can you guess who is on the front?

Final Comments:
If you want a enjoyable book of myths to go, then this is it. There is an A to Z list of the popular gods... the only ones you really need to know. If like me, you get confused by a story or aren't sure what it means, there are also interpretations that make life easy. All in all, this is an extremely fascinating book that I like to read from time to time as it inspires my imagination!

Rating: 5/5
Release Date: August 2003
Publisher: Penguin
Author: Nancy Hathaway

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