Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman

Rating: 4.1 out of 5

“Of course it was Loki. It’s always Loki”

Norse Mythology (2)

Review in English

I have been reading mythology since little, but not one is as hilarious as this book.

 It’s the glory of Valhalla. The story of Nordic Gods and Valkyrie. Many of us read and watched those stories since very little, even though I felt like I didn’t quite comprehend the roles and the complete legends, it was truly entertaining.

 This book brings back the soul of the tales that have been told and retold over centuries, yet the author’s signature still shine through it. The word plays, the characters presentation are very imaginative and life-like it almost feels like watching a movie in my head and laughing along with it.

 Norse Gods have always been distinguished than Greek Gods, Indian Gods, or many other Gods in legends that are more serious and poetic, full of deep meanings and messages. This mythology that is repackaged by Neil Gaiman delivers refreshing image of Gods, which are the humor and foolish sides of them, without losing the powerful and glorious image they bear. Moreover, the buildup to Ragnarok, the climax of Norse mythology, is built beautifully, pushing the readers from pages to pages, unable to stop until the collateral damage of Ragnarok had befall upon the readers.

 Epic.

Norse Mythology

Resensi dalam Bahasa Indonesia

Walaupun aku sudah membaca banyak mitos dan legenda sejak kecil, tapi belum pernah ada yang selucu buku ini.

Ini tentang legenda Valhalla. Cerita tentang dewa-dewi Nordik dan Valkyrie. Mungkin banyak dari kita yang sudah mendengar cerita-ceritanya dari kecil, walau aku merasa bahwa aku tidak terlalu mengerti masing-masing peran dan cerita lengkap dari legendanya dulu, ceritanya tetap menarik dan membekas.

Buku ini membangkitkan lagi jiwa dari cerita yang mungkin berumur berabad-abad, namun tidak menghilangkan ciri khas dan kepiawaian dari pengarang. Permainan kata, penokohan ceritanya sangat imaginative dan hidup sehingga rasanya seperti menonton dan tertawa sepanjang film.

Cerita dewa-dewi Nordik memiliki ciri khas yang berbeda dari mitologi Yunani, India, atau mitologi lainnya, di mana biasanya sangat puitis, serius, dan penuh nilai-nilai moril yang ingin disampaikan. Mitologi Nordik yang dikemas ulang oleh Neil Gaiman ini menyampaikan cerita dewa-dewi yang lebih segar, menonjolkan sisi humoris dan lugu mereka tanpa mengurangi keagungan dan kesaktiannya. Selain itu, cerita yang dibangun menuju Ragnarok, klimaks dari mitologi Nordik, sangat dalam dan menarik, membuat pembaca tidak bisa berhenti membalikkan halaman sampai ia turut luruh dan runtuh oleh kehancuran total dari Ragnarok.

Luar biasa.

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