Medusa by Jessie Burton
I’ve dedicated a significant portion of my recent days to reading, immersing myself in a variety of genres, from horror and thrillers to romance. Being an avid enthusiast of Greek Mythology and its retellings, I found my perfect literary storm in this latest discovery. Always on the lookout for a fresh perspective on the Medusa myth, I was captivated by this rendition.
Unlike the conventional portrayals of Medusa as a monstrous Gorgon, this retelling delves deep into her story, revealing her life before encounters with Poseidon and Athena. In this narrative, she emerges as more than just a monster—she is a misunderstood victim. Having previously enjoyed “Medusa’s Sisters,” I found this rendition even more compelling.
What sets this retelling apart is its comprehensive exploration of various elements in Medusa’s life. The narrative unfolds her existence before the pivotal moments with Poseidon and Athena, showcasing her as a sailor alongside her sisters who were divers. The strong sisterhood between Stheno, Euyale, and Medusa is portrayed vividly. The first-person narrative provides an intimate glimpse into Medusa’s perspective, making her thoughts and experiences feel personal.
In my quest for Medusa retellings, this one stands out as the best. I wholeheartedly recommend it to those seeking a fresh and nuanced take on her myth. In the era of feminist mythological retellings, Burton’s contribution is a remarkable addition. The prose is beautifully crafted, with a lyrical and flowery style that makes it both enchanting and easy to read in one sitting. Although a quick read, its impact lingers, promising to stay with me.
This has undoubtedly been the most satisfying Medusa retelling I’ve encountered so far, and I eagerly anticipate more from the author in the future. I would eagerly snatch up any future works from her. For now, all I can do is urge you to grab this book, which I devoured in a single sitting—it’s a literary gem that shouldn’t be missed.