Jason and Medeia Author:John Gardner He is a hero in panther skin, a chilly intellectual, a grandson of death, a politician, a Greek westerner. She is passionate, inuitive, an easterner, granddaughter of the Sun, and she loves Jason. Their story is an epic of busybody gods, befuddled brave heroes, exciting adventures, amazing landscape and incredible sites. John Gradner brings all ... more »his gifts of grandeur, drama, poetry, compassion and comedy (and his profound knowledge of legend) to the retelling of one of our greatest myths.« less
I read this book while living on the Greek islands 30 years, slowly, savoring its poetic epic format (and often looking up words, since Gardener has a taste for sensuous esoteric words not commonly used, but which further heighten his lyrical language). This is a grand book, and I have kept it on my bookshelf for 30 years, rereading it in full once, and reading passages every now and then, just because of the magic of its language and the vividness with which it brings the myths of Jason and Medea (Medeia) to light. It is definitely on my list of the top 100 books I've read in my nearly 60 years - probably 4,000 - 5,000 in all. But now I let it go .......and hope that other lovers of myth and language will delight in it as I have.