Monday, April 14, 2008
Book Review #43
Don't Know Much About Mythology by Kenneth C. Davis
Rating: zero stars (out of four)
Kenneth C. Davis attempts to entertain us while also educating us on world mythology. I only read this book because I had already read a couple other books by Kenneth and thought that they were pretty good, and I was also interested to see what I could soak up in mythology (not one of my favorite subjects). I was highly disgusted with the content of this book. It seemed like every page had a story of incest, rape, sexuality or dramatic violence.
I kept reading because I thought that maybe the myths wouldn't be so immoral in later years and thinking that it was perhaps, only the Greek and Romans who were as polluted in the mind, but I was wrong and the book continued on it's downward spiral. It was definitely a waste of my time, and the only good I got out of this book is that I now know that I do not like mythology with a burning passion.
It makes me so angry to know that we have upheld these cultures in such high esteem and can overlook their huge faults. I would never recommend this book, it's content made it an utterly vile book that Kenneth was writing off as "history." Don't be fooled by that genre though, it's really just a trick to read something that is filthy and immoral.