Daniel draws on ancient texts, myths, ballads and tales with an insightful new twist, wry and uniquely his own.
It’s a lovely little book, some of it absolutely great. I especially like the midrash on Eve.
Robin Williamson (bard, storyteller, founder-member of the Incredible String Band.)
These retellings are brave, beautiful and original, combining a genuine appreciation of the original myths and legends with a rigorous new system of ethics. They are a fresh illustration of the eternal truth that good stories will live for ever, providing that they can still find good storytellers to adapt them.
Ronald Hutton (author of The Triumph of the Moon, The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles, and many other books and articles.)
Cohen’s stories teach us insights into gender roles, especially those involving heroism today. They are self-conscious as he recognizes that they want to be told through him, but they are never boringly didactic. Story itself shines forth as creatrix/creator – not of banalities, but richly of fantasies.
This author sees behind stories’ seams through his critical eye and voice. His Theseus (or Perseus) is no muscle-bound gym-rat, but a male who returns to Ariadne, having confronted his brother deep inside the labyrinth, and celebrates her re-weaving the crucial thread “as a connection now between the ordinary world and the mysteries of the deep labyrinth.”
These are long-polished re-viewing and re-insighting narratives of classical and late-European versions of magical shoes and trees and tricksters, biblical midrashim, Goddesses and Scottish salmon, characters such as Arawn and Pwyll. They make me wish I had children to tell them to (oh, yeah, a buddy’s girls, they’ll giggle with delight). Notes at the end explain starting points for these engaging narratives.