Book review : Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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For all those who love norse mythology, you might want to hold on a bit. While you approach the book, dont  expect this book to give you full in depth knowledge of the Norse Mythology. Neil Gaiman definitely brings you norse mythology but trust me it wouldn’t be enough, if you are a new comer.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman- Official Synopsis

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman- RWAT Take

You can’t blame Neil Gaiman for your over ravenous thirst for mythology. Technically in form of short stories, he does explain the major gods, the basic creation theory according to Norse mythology. The Book gives you quick stories on Norse mythology and gives you a feeling that there is a much bigger picture

The book is a bunch of popular stories based on Norse mythology. Say about 7 -10 stories that introduce you to major players of Norse mythology. These stories are all narrated in pretty easily digestible and coherent way.

The fact that even without knowing much about the gods in action, i was absolutely able to enjoy it. I was even able to fully understand them. The language has the charm of a grandmother’s bedtime story, fully able to lull you into a sweet sleep

I expected to learn A-Z of Norse mythology. I expected that by the end of the book, i will be knowing at least half of Norse mythology. The fact is that after finishing the book, i realise that all i have taken away is a bunch of stories. However in all fairness from being completely clueless about Norse mythology, i at least have a brief idea about the gods and basics of the book
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Conclusion

To conclude the book won’t give you an in depth knowledge of Norse mythology. The book only gives you short stories that will basically introduce you to the main characters. Approach the book if you are completely clueless about Norse mythology as the book will at least help you get the basics clear.

 

if Greek Mythology is more your thing then you could check out our take of D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire or books based on Greek Mythology

 

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