Sunday, 2 June 2019

The Golden Shadow by Leon Garfield

The Golden Shadow by Leon Garfield
Published in the UK by Longman in 1973.

How I got this book:
Swapped for at a campsite book exchange

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Across the continents of the ancient world wandered the Storyteller, enchanting all who heard him with his wondrous tales of the gods. He longed for a glimpse of the all-powerful deities of his stories, and listened eagerly to those who had experiences such encounters. And interwoven with his journey is the story of Heracles – a magnificent story with all the intense drama and high tragedy of the Greek Myths.

The Golden Shadow is a book for older children so I wasn't expecting it to be the deepest of Greek myth retellings, but I was still disappointed in the story. An elderly storyteller wanders across Greece at the time of the Gods and Goddesses. He collects and retells their stories yet always seems to find himself at just the wrong time or place to actually see a deity with his own eyes. Instead we get second (or third) hand accounts of a selection of myths including Prometheus being chained to the cliff, the boar hunt at and some of the Labours of Hercules. I wasn't familiar with most of these myths so appreciated the chance to discover them. However I wanted a lot more in the way of characterisation and detail. I think even child me would have been unsatisfied with The Golden Shadow. Perhaps a good book for a reluctant younger reader as each story zips along at a fast pace, but overall too swift and shallow a collection for me.

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1 comment:

  1. Ah, it's always a shame when a book is disappointing and just not what you really wanted from it at all. But you tried, which is good enough for the most part. At least you learned about some new myths!