Stone Blind PDF/E-Book by Natalie Haynes

Stone Blind: Couldn’t stop reading! I really liked Natalie Haynes’ way of telling a familiar story from a different angle. I enjoy Greek mythology, and these retellings provide a fresh and interesting take on the tales.

Description of the Book:

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Book Synopsis:

A fresh take on the story of Medusa, the original monstered woman.

They will fear you and flee you and call you a monster.

The only mortal in a family of gods, Medusa is the youngest of the Gorgon sisters. Unlike her siblings, Medusa grows older, experiences change, feels weakness. Her mortal lifespan gives her an urgency that her family will never know.

When the sea god Poseidon assaults Medusa in Athene’s temple, the goddess is enraged. Furious by the violation of her sacred space, Athene takes revenge–on the young woman. Punished for Poseidon’s actions, Medusa is forever transformed. Writhing snakes replace her hair and her gaze will turn any living creature to stone. Cursed with the power to destroy all she loves with one look, Medusa condemns herself to a life of solitude.

Until Perseus embarks upon a fateful quest to fetch the head of a Gorgon…

In Stone Blind, classicist and comedian Natalie Haynes turns our understanding of this legendary myth on its head, bringing empathy and nuance to one of the earliest stories in which a woman–injured by a powerful man–is blamed, punished, and monstered for the assault. Delving into the origins of this mythic tale, Haynes revitalizes and reconstructs Medusa’s story with her passion and fierce wit, offering a timely retelling of this classic myth that speaks to us today.

Book Quotes That We Like:

“Men will tell you that Gorgons are monsters, but men are fools. They cannot comprehend any beauty beyond what they can see. And what they see is a tiny part of what there is.”

“It’s important that you know this because he will try to claim there was a battle. But there is no battle to be had between an armed man and a sleeping girl. Don’t forget.”

“I know when you talk of beauty you mean something different from what I mean.’ ‘I see.’ He took a step towards her, and she forced herself not to take a step back. ‘So what do you mean by beauty, little Gorgon?’ ‘Euryale tends every one of her sheep like it is a child. Sthenno learned to cook so she could feed me when I was little. They care about me and protect me. That is beauty.”

“They will fear you and flee you and call you a monster, just like they do your sisters.’ ‘It doesn’t matter what they think of me.’ ‘Then why do you want to protect them?’ ‘Because I can,’ she said.”

“No one could help being afraid of something. And being afraid of dying must be especially awful, because there was no hope of avoiding it.”

Natalie Haynes, Stone Blind

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