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Persephone Hardcover – Dec 1986

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Not what I expected Dec 15 2009
By M - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I looked around the Net for information on this book and a summary. I managed to find one - but it was completely misleading. I had been led to believe that this book was about the myth of Hades and Persephone, in a novel form (like Radiant Darkness or Dazzling Brightness - both available here on Amazon)

But rather than being a novelization of the myth, this is just a collection of short stories (set in the modern world) along with some poetry (which was closer to the myths) The short stories are rather disjointed - there's different characters and different storylines, it felt as if a bunch of different people got together and wrote a collection of short stories. The book alternates between poetry and these short stories. While some stories are just oneshots, some continue on pages later or feature the same characters but much later on. As a collection of stories, this wasn't a bad read. But as a book that was supposed to be about the myth, this book failed. A few of the stories were indeed reminiscent of the myth, but many of them just... weren't close, like a BARE effort was made to tie them somehow to the myth. The poetry was nice, but I didn't feel any real connection between verse and prose.

So if you're looking for a collection of short stories and poems, fine. If you're looking for something more closely resembling the H and P myth, avoid this book. If I had known exactly what this book was about, I wouldn't have bought it. And Amazon doesn't even have a summary of this book! Feh.