Outlandish Adventures of Orpheus in the Underworld (The)
Barefoot Books, an imprint of Shambhala publications, Inc., offers three marvellous myths in keeping with its commitment to delight and inspire readers by publishing new and
traditional myths,legends, and fairy tales in which the characters, faced with the challenges of life, find the courage to face and overcome adversity . A foreword in each of the books allows the authors to provide essential cultural background, and explain the symbols and underlying themes. This frees the author as storyteller to tell the tale in the appropriate voice, with the reading audience more fully aware of the true depth of the story and the many layers of meaning.
This discussion gives the reader insight into the author's perspective, focus and intent, heightening the reader's appreciation of the storyteller's craft.
The Myth of Isis and Osiris
The Outlandish Adventures of Orpheus in the Underworld
Kun-Man-Gur The Rainbow Serpent
The Outlandish Adventures of Orpheus in the Underworld by Paul Newham, illustrated by Elaine Cox. ISBN 1-56957-908-3 (hc) 31 P $19.50
The beautiful and tragic Greek myth of Orpheus is recreated in Paul Newham's prose poem, which is both lyrical and highly entertaining. Newhham uses the classic devices of the poet -the alliteration, the assonance choosing each word, each note carefully- so that the story moves like the song that it is. And wonderfully, in all its brilliancy, the story becomes even more accessible, for this myth, after all, has always belonged to the people. Elaine Cox's mixed media images enhance the text, yet never distract, as if they were the musical score to this composition.
Reviewed by Mary Baldasaro
The Second Story Review, Vol 1, No. 1, March 1996