Little Black Classics: Ovid's Fall of Icarus and Apollonius of Rhodes's Jason and Medea

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By now a lot of us have probably seen Penguin's Little Black Classics floating around, whether on the internet or in their local bookshops. For their 80th anniversary, Penguin released 80 short books for 80p each, whether collections of poetry, short stories, snippets from longer epics, or works of non-fiction. I fell head over heels in love with the idea as many other people have, and who wouldn't? They look gorgeous together on a shelf and are the perfect way to be introduced to new forms of writing, the poetry of a particular author, or educate yourself on social issues of the past and present. Their website for the campaign is also absolutely wonderfully designed, I'd highly recommend you check it out.

I picked up twelve of these books to start off my collection and thus far have only read two: Ovid's Fall of Icarus (number 73, taken from Books VIII and IX of Metamorphoses) and Apollonius of Rhodes's Jason and Medea (number 18, taken from a translation of The Voyage of Argo). I adored The Fall of Icarus and now feel fully compelled to pick up a full version of Ovid's Metamorphoses to peruse through. The pace was fast and I found myself recognising so much of the story that wasn't to do with the fall (which itself only took about half a page to be covered). I enjoyed Jason and Medea a lot less, for no real reason other than the story didn't interest me and the pacing was much slower. I'm hoping to pick up a few more of my Little Black Classics soon and will be sure to pop up some reviews when I have done so.

M x

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