A Mermaid's Tale: A Personal Search for Love and Lore

A Mermaid's Tale: A Personal Search for Love and Lore Amanda Adams
  • Title: A Mermaid's Tale: A Personal Search for Love and Lore
  • Author: Amanda Adams
  • ISBN: 9781553651178
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Mermaid's Tale: A Personal Search for Love and Lore Amanda Adams A Mermaid s Tale A Personal Search for Love and Lore Elusive seductive otherworldly the mermaid is one of the most resonant of female archetypes persisting across cultures and eras In this singular study Amanda Adams uses poetic language and invoke
    Elusive, seductive, otherworldly, the mermaid is one of the most resonant of female archetypes, persisting across cultures and eras In this singular study, Amanda Adams uses poetic language and invokes a wide range of representations and disciplines from literature, poetry, and mythology to anthropology and folklore to reclaim this icon of female power for modern readElusive, seductive, otherworldly, the mermaid is one of the most resonant of female archetypes, persisting across cultures and eras In this singular study, Amanda Adams uses poetic language and invokes a wide range of representations and disciplines from literature, poetry, and mythology to anthropology and folklore to reclaim this icon of female power for modern readers Beginning with Melusina, the bathing mermaid par excellence, Adams describes the seductive sirens and their honeyed songs, the powerful Arctic sea goddess Sedna, and the long haired rusalki of Russian lore, among other legendary mermaids As she tells their stories, she considers the womanly, passionate, rage filled, and seductively sweet sides of the mermaid and how those traits reflect the lives and moods of women who live on drier shores In discovering mermaids and their stories, the author presents a striking narrative of uncovering the unusual, the beautiful, and the extraordinary in her own life.
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    1. Meh.I wanted to like this book I really did Even while reading it, I wanted to like it so much that at times, I truly DID like it After all, this is a book about a girl who apparently is my age, and grew up pretending to be a mermaid in her bathtub like I did , was affected by Tori Amos songs at an early age like I was , and ends the book planning a wedding like I am ButThis book suffers from disjointed disease From the outset, Amanda Adams claims that the book s purpose is to recount a history [...]

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    2. I loved this memoir exploration of mermaid stories from around the world and the relationship between the author and mermaids The prose was written in an engaging, creative, talented way that I found both penetrating and evocative I particularly like the chapters on Melusina, the selkie and the author s friend Mitten and Yemaya Having had profound experiences with Yemaya and her priests, I found that chapter an absolute delight I m still thinking about this book, even though I finished it months [...]

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    3. pretty book, nice illustrations but kind ofdumb, really Pretentious and silly s just about one girl s obsession with mermaids and how that supposedly reflects on her life adventures, which seem a little made up and romanticized her experiences as a nouveau hippie boho girl didn t really ring true to me, but then I new a billion girls like that in Berkeley, and this girl was from norcal and graduated from Cal in fact, it could even be that one horrid girl who graduated anthro with cat and got int [...]

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    4. Adams reminded me of the days of diving to the depths of the bath tub rescuing treasure and escaping the clutches of the occasional passing pirate As a little girl, I wanted to be a mermaid, not a princess I still love the mystery and enchantment that has fueled the fascination of mermaids throughout history Even as a grown women identify with the mischievous aquatic temptress The mermaid is strong, independent, fierce all the while embracing her charm, beauty and alluring qualities Adams explor [...]

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    5. I thought this book was a wonderful balance of myth and memoir This isn t a thesis and doesn t pretend to be it s a lyric exploration, and a smart one at that, into women s fascination with mermaid archetypes and how mermaid symbols are internalized and embodied by modern women Having grown up where Amanda did we went to the same high school, but we didn t know each other then and have still never spoken in person , I could relate strongly to her sense of wonder and magic about the California co [...]

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    6. I began reading this book hoping to learn about mermaids, selkies and other creatures of that ilk There wasn t a lot of in depth research here This book is less about folkore It s about a woman s obsession with mermaids with a little bit of memoir added to the mix This book is amusing and light Sometimes amusing and light is just the ticket I unfortunately read this for substance and didn t find much.

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    7. I really enjoyed the artwork and how the author weaved together folk lore with her own personal love of mermaids.

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    8. After, I read the first two chapters, I had to know what happened It just drew me in.

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    9. This book was so sweet I really enjoyed it.

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    10. I really liked this book and I didn t think it too smarmy at all

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    11. This is a beautiful book, and loved the story It was written from the author s view point growing up and so wanting to be a mermaid I also learned allot about the lore of mermaids

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    12. An interesting non fiction book regarding myths of mermaids in various cultures throughout history.

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    13. For mermaid lovers of all ages compelling mix of lore memoir Couldn t put it down.

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    14. I ve actually owned A Mermaid s Tale A Personal Search For Love and Lore by Amanda Adams for years, but when going through my remaining books at home this summer to pack up and take back to NS, I came across it and decided to finally read it I admit that then, similar to when I was first interested in the book, I was definitely drawn in by the gorgeous images and glossy pages of this book Sadly, a mythical story and glossy pages are not enough to sustain my interest, and it quickly became appare [...]

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    15. This book was a useful resource, despite its minor identity crisis I enjoyed its mashup style introduction to so many ideas about mermaids old magazine covers, art, songs, short stories, legend retellings The author and new perspectives on these creatures of legend It s an excellent resource for that sort of thing I gathered many sources to further my research and reading of mermaid legends.I did not, however, identify with nor care about the memoir aspect of this book I get the idea that this i [...]

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    16. Plunging into the mermaids stories, Adams traverses through land and sea to understand exactly what the mermaid has meant to society, especially to women, as a symbol, a guide, a warning, and explores what it is about the mermaid s story that has captivated our imaginations since the beginning of time For a complete review visit my blog livedaringadventure.c

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    17. Nicely written and evocative, if a bit purple in places I liked the stories of the mermaids from all the different cultures, but the emphasis on the author s personal obsession was, I thought, overdone in places It took away from the scholarly work that was sort of half apparent, if smothered by authorial meanderings about her tail I get it you want to be a mermaid, but could we go back to Sedda or the rusalka now please

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    18. In this book, the author describes several instances of her life and how they relate to different mermaid legends I found this book interesting and inspiring Like the author, I have never outgrown my fascination with mermaid In fact, I think I m even interested in them, now, than when I was a little girl This book has helped me understand that I am not alone and perhaps I, too, have an inner mermaid that needs to be let out.

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    19. I wanted .h from this I am spoiled and have high standards for my fairytale origin stories I still learned some lovely and good things from this book, but I also felt we spent too much time in Adams head I don t hold it against her, but I wanted of a connection between mer stories, not a description of every pearl earring she owned I also wear a lot of pearls It wasn t what I was expecting.

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    20. This book is sometimes a little over the top, but is so satisfying to read I forgive it completely Embracing the lore of one s own experiences and examining how they interact with mythology and archetype is a powerful reflective exercise This book encourages that exercise with a great deal of humor, and if you like mermaids, it will float your boat.

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    21. With nine different mermaid tales tails derived from the folklore traditions of various cultures, I ve enjoyed what the author did with this work My only reservation, given the beautiful illustrations it includes, is the way the illustrations were credited on a single page with very small font at the back of the book.

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    22. Honestly, I didn t even care about this book enough to actually finish it I was expecting a book of lore, and what I got were strange, fabricated anecdotes about the author s not so secret desire to be a mermaid Fine book, but not great by any means.

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    23. I liked the writing style and found the book both informative of mermaids and other fantastical sea creatures like selkies and a fun biography on the roles of mermaids and the ocean on a young woman s life.

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    24. Not what I was expecting Less about mermaid lore than what the mermaid in all her varieties represents in the human psyche Most of what I got from this one was a vague introduction to a few mermaid tales from the Artic that I was not familiar with Now I just gotta go look them up.

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    25. Beautifully written, but I had a hard time identifying with the author s obsession with mermaids I was also frustrated by the captions to some of the illustrations they teased me into curiosity to read , but quite often the subject was never mentioned within the text.

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    26. A historical guide to mermaid stories around the worldAlso about her childhood obsession with mermaids and how women can keep their love for mermaids aliveGreat book to read

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    27. I like it because it talks about mermaids, but other than that there is nothing much to reccomend If you like mermaids you will probably appreciate this book.

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    28. Like the creatures it describes, this book is an enchanting hybrid creature part memoir, part cultural history A lovely floating dream.

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    29. An interesting review of the basic myths involving different types of mermaids woven together with the authors lifelong love for the creatures.

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    30. Really enjoyed this book especially since I love reading about myths and legends It was a thoughtful read and flowed beautifully

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