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Galatea    by Madeline Miller order for
by Madeline Miller
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HarperCollins, 2013 (2013)
* * *   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

In Greek mythologist Ovid's Metamorphoses, Galatea is the name of a beautiful woman who came to life after being sculpted by Pygmalion. Many operas, musicals and films have elaborated on this theme, usually from Pygmalion's point of view. Madeline Miller's short story makes Galatea the focal point and updates the story and sensibilities to a more modern era.

According to Miller, bringing a statue to life does not necessarily lead to a happy ending. Why, Galatea speaks! Apparently Pygmalion, who wants everything just so, is unprepared for this. Just as he did not reckon with Paphos, their daughter, a really smart little girl. And no one outside of the family can figure out what is happening, so everyone is suspicious.

At 20 pages, this story packs a lot of punch. We find ourselves musing on the many interesting ways a universal tale can be rescripted. This one is certainly new, different and thought-provoking. E-book readers will find it just the thing to fill in the cracks of their day.

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