Myth of Isis and Osiris (The)

Barefoot Books

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 Myth of Isis and Osiris
, retold by Jules Cashford. ISBN 1-56957-909-1 (hc) 29 P $19.50 Cdn, $15.00 U.S.

The ancient Egyptian myth of Isis. Isis and Osiris is one of the oldest known stories, predating even Homer by 2000 years. Cashford has recounted the drama of the Nile's cycle of life, death, and rebirth, a theme that can be found throughout the natural world in the rhythms of nature. The almost Biblical beginning of the story is engaging as Cashford introduces an exotic and unfamiliar cast of characters. The tale advances, but the details of the story seem to break the flow for a time until the conclusion restores the rhythm. The book is appropriately and attractively decorated with photographs, line drawings, and colour plates from a variety of collections of Egyptian art.

Reviewed by Mary Baldasaro

The Second Story Review, Vol 1, No. 1, March 1996
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