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Myths And Legends From Around The World Paperback – 10 October 2020
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- Publisher : Rupa Publications India (10 October 2020); Rupa Pub 7/16 Ansari Road-110002
- Language : English
- Paperback : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9389967694
- ISBN-13 : 978-9389967692
- Reading age : 6 - 16 years
- Item Weight : 222 g
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 0.97 x 19.8 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Importer : Rupa Pub 7/16 Ansari Road-110002
- Packer : Rupa Pub 7/16 Ansari Road-110002
- Generic Name : Book
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By Ruchi on 2 November 2020
Most of our childhood is full of stories, often auditory. For me too, I clearly recall some stories I used to be very fond of. Something about their simplicity and their magic added to its charm. In those stories which often revolved around myths and legends, we could make the impossible possible. There was no bar in those stories, no rigid alignment with reality, and very obviously therefore—they were the ones which sparked our innocent mind.
This anthology is a compilation of some of the best known mythical stories from around the world. Some of them are heard of, while some of them might come to be very new. Written in a very crisp and to-the-point manner, these stories just cater to the storyline briefly without delving deep into the intricacies. Most of the tales which have been included here are very ancient of the respective nations, and so recording them in detail is somewhat tedious, lest it becomes adulterated. Even with the limited attention to beautify the translations, this book does come about to be largely informative. Be it for children or adult alike, this could be a very mature disclosure of the country’s culture and heritage.
I personally believe that the best way to know culture is through traditions and stories, which have propagated across generations. Be it the story of Andromeda from Greece, or the story of Rustom and Sohrab from Persia, or the story of Renuka the warrior goddess from our very own India, this anthology sparks curiosity in a very charming and beautiful way.
Author: Sowmya Rajendran
Sometimes being a dimwit or a child lost in the past times is what I love to become. And this is entirely possible when I read children's books. This might look funny, but the reason for reading the young people's literature has two advantages. One is it helps me forget the reality for a small amount of and second is to understand how the books enhance a kid's mind and thoughts.
When I first started reading this book, I did not realise the magic it is going to do. The first story in the book How Nu Wa created the world?, from China blew my mind. The vivid description, the intrinsic detailing and the narration caught my attention. Since the lockdown, I have been reading excellent books, but deep down in mind, there is some unknown pressure due to the ongoing events in and around the world. Being a book from the children literature, this book has hugged me with its fantastic stories and warmth.
The book has twenty-two stories that belong to different places, and these are categorised into three. One being the Creation, second is Conflict, and the third category is Churning. The story mentioned above from China falls under category one. Another story from the Churning category, which I liked is - 'Andal', an Indian story.
How good is the author's writing style
Author Sowmya is known for engaging narration and accessible language in her books. Her previous books have been reachable to the young readers for attractive writing skills. In this book also, she has given the readers an ala-carte of short stories from all over the world. A consistent way of presenting good stories to the young minds is her strength, and in this book, which happens to be my second book of hers, her writing stays atop.
How entertaining is the book?
This book by Sowmya is basically targetted towards children and young kids who always come with questions like how did the world start, who created the world or how did humans come onto the earth. This is an example of how the author has shared with her readers with many stories and tales that run on the myths across the world. I myself have found some stories absolutely stunning and interesting, which I admit I am unaware of.
There is information, there is wow factor, and there is knowledge in the stories. The stories are all around the world, which makes the book more interesting. All such points intersect and thus make the book ' entertaining'.
Informative, interesting and fascinating book!