By Penelope Farmer
In introducing this amazing anthology, Penelope Farmer defines fantasy as "a curious phenomenon altogether, difficult as leather-based, frafgile as glass. not often a narrative bears logical research, can't be shattered via a blow from a pointy brain; but the very subsequent minute is entire again." She is going directly to talk about the interesting modifications in addition to the surprising likenesses within the ways that humans have attempted to provide an explanation for their international and their reviews from the very starting of time.
Penelope Farmer has amassed over 80 tales and poems from eire, Russian, Iceland, India, important and South the USA, Australia and Borneo--to identify yet many of the international locations which are represented. The production myths are grouped less than the headings Earth, Man, Flood, Fire, Death, Food Plants, and The finish and the Beginning. The temper of every subject matter is stuck in a robust woodcut representation by way of the celebrated artist, Antonio Frasconi, and in an illuminating brief preface.
Out of her lifelong curiosity in myths, Penelope Farmer, the proficient English author recognized for her novels for teens, has amassed a desirable and strange assortment. it is a e-book to be precious by way of readers from younger maturity on--to be dipped into repeatedly, at diverse occasions and in numerous moods, to learn aloud or to take pleasure in by myself, all through a life-time.
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Beginnings: Creation Myths of the World by Penelope Farmer