The Golden God: ApolloPaperback
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- Publisher: PUFFIN
- Format: Paperback | 112 pages
- Dimensions: 127mm x 191mm x 5mm | 91g
- Publication date: 26 January 1984
- Publication City/Country: Hawthorn
- ISBN 10: 0140316477
- ISBN 13: 9780140316476
Retells the myths surrounding the figure of Apollo, the Greek god of medicine and music, protector of flocks and voyagers, the most feared and best loved of all the gods on Mount Olympus.
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Dazzling Apollo, the Far-Darter, may have been the most beloved of gods, but he's hardly the most lovable - whether shooting down the sons of Niobe to revenge his mother's wounded pride, chasing poor Daphne, killing Orion out of jealousy for his sister Artemis, or changing Clytie into a sunflower after she had become, for his sake, "that most absurd of human creatures, a lovesick girl." None of this is any fault of Doris Gates, who retells these myths with the same energy and enthusiasm she brought to The Warrior Goddess and The Lord of the Sky. Strangely, Apollo's male loves have been omitted, though otherwise no apologies or explanations are made for his Olympian morality. Both the concision of the myths themselves and the brevity of the collection itself are, however, geared to be unintimidating. (Kirkus Reviews)