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We must make them love usSuch is the goal of a siren With their seductive voices and ethereal appearance, these harmless looking mermaids causeperil on the sea than joy Their whole purpose in life lies in the sailors, warriors, and tradesmen who journey in the Mediterranean watersThe smell of the ship is piney The sweat of the men is sour I smell their shoes and their dirty hairSirena and her forty eight sisters spend days on the lookout for these giant ships, for they kWe must make them love usSuch is the goal of a siren With their seductive voices and ethereal appearance, these harmless looking mermaids causeperil on the sea than joy Their whole purpose in life lies in the sailors, warriors, and tradesmen who journey in the Mediterranean watersThe smell of the ship is piney The sweat of the men is sour I smell their shoes and their dirty hairSirena and her forty eight sisters spend days on the lookout for these giant ships, for they know with ships come men In it lies the hope that once these battle and wanderlust weary men hear their voices and behold their striking beauty, they will fall in love with them, thus making the sirens immortal.Until the day these beautiful voices cause the demise of an entire ship The day that men turn against the sirens and curse their death bringing songsWe should have listened to the other men They warned us of the dangers at sea But no one told us of you They must not have seen you Of course not Anyone who sees you dies You Wretches misshapen monsters of the deep Seductresses of evilAfter the death of her sister, Sirena ventures alone, vowing never to sing again and live out her days a mortal on a deserted cove What she doesn t expect is the arrival of a man, a mortal man So tempting, yet so forbidden She wants to love him, but can t And yet despite all odds, they do.The queen of retellings strikes again Usually, Donna Jo Napoli writes retellings based on European fairy tales, which have all been brilliant my personal favorites are Zel, Beast, and The Magic Circle In this instance, Napoli takes us back to ancient Greece during the Trojan War in this dual retelling of the sirens myth and the myth of Philoctetes, the famous Greek warrior left stranded on a deserted island to die And once again, she does a brilliant job She alternately weaves in her own What if plot points to fill the gaping plot holes the myth has left out while still leaving enough of the original framework there so readers can recognize the tale their reading Sirena is the youngest of her sisters, and is very na ve in the beginning Like all sirens, she wishes to be immortal and live forever But when she sees the consequences of her wish, and the actions the sirens cause to the men they seduce, she is repulsed by it altogetherIf I knowingly killed a man, how could I want to go on living I trade immortality for the right to want to liveShe matures rather quickly, but as the novel progresses you get glimpses of the old Sirena through her new,wizened state She s playful, vivacious, curious, intelligent, and has a clear sense of right and wrong in a sea of morally gray characters.Philocetetes is both the epitomeme and antithesis of a typical Greek hero Left to die by his crew of men after a serpent bites him, Sirena saves his life by both tending to his wound and providing him food He can be an arrogant, pompous know it all, but his personality is never that of a full fledged jerk like some of the heroes are portrayed to be He willingly admits the flaws in the tales of the warriors that came before him that we all know and revere today, yet he can t bring himself to fully hate them And he s Sirena s perfect match in the sense he s lively, jovial, and ready for adventure at a moment s provocationWhat a strange thing human is, that he can be abandoned by his companions with a wound that resists healing, yet he s ready to play at the first provocationHe s basically a hot Henry Cavill from Immortals, if you had to picture the dude in your head which you will often, I assure you Their relationship is based on mutual understanding and a willingness to be open minded about one another and their beliefs, and is very much a relationship of equals Who would ve thought that a relationship between a man and a mermaid in ancient Greece would be so progressive Much appreciative, much wow One of the things I like so much about Napoli s retellings is the fact that she never shies away from both the serious topics hinted upon in the original tale and the much darker aspects that would probably never make it into a family made film of the tale They aren t your mother or kid sister s myths and fairy tales, which make them so entirely appealing to me The question of immortality, and how much does it really mean if everyone you love dies, is a key question that s asked of both Sirena and the reader Is it really worth sacrificing both your life over and the lives of others The bodies of drowned men at the bottom of the sea All so you could live forever Readers will both be satisfied and melancholy at the results.The ending isn t one that I predict readers of the book will like Especially since Sirena and Philoctetes are a couple to root for However, there really is no alternative to their situation, and the author clearly explains that through the character s actions It doesn t make it any less heartbreaking, however Much like the original myth, this bittersweet yet hopeful retelling questions the price of immortality and gives us a couple that, although doomed from the start, are worth rooting for Showing both the good and dark sides of mermaid folklore, this twist on Greek mythology is perfect for any folklore mermaid fantasy romance fan It inspired me to try and write my own mermaid story I feel the stars Each sparkle sets aflame the pain in my heart Donna Jo Napoli Sirena Once again, Donna Jo Napoli has captivated me with her style of writing and descriptions and characters.Reading a book by her is always a treat and I also recommend her other books Zel, Spinners, etc.The story is lovely, but the ending is very very sad.I recommend it to anyone of any age well, okay, probably three year olds wouldn t be very interested, but still Okay so here s the story Sirena is a merm I feel the stars Each sparkle sets aflame the pain in my heart Donna Jo Napoli Sirena Once again, Donna Jo Napoli has captivated me with her style of writing and descriptions and characters.Reading a book by her is always a treat and I also recommend her other books Zel, Spinners, etc.The story is lovely, but the ending is very very sad.I recommend it to anyone of any age well, okay, probably three year olds wouldn t be very interested, but still Okay so here s the story Sirena is a mermaid who lives with her sisters on an island They lie in wait for any passing ships, to lure the men onto their island But Sirena refuses to do the same again when her sisters relocate Instead, she helps a man that has been newly stranded on the island.Finally, they fall in love and live together for years and years Sadly, the man is growing older while Sirena is still beautiful and young.And evensadly they must break apart when a ship comes to pick the man Philoctetes up and get the bow Hercules gave to him.It s so sad but so good What can I say about Sirena by Donna Napoli Well, it s not what I expected Her writing style was nothing I ve ever encountered before, and the book was mainly a narrative from the first person of a mermaid, Sirena I gave it three stars, because the writing was very fluid, and invoked the imagination which is worth mentioning It s a fast read, and full of love, regret, and longing While some parts of it are a little too ahem for the young adult section, it s not all that bad I would tell What can I say about Sirena by Donna Napoli Well, it s not what I expected Her writing style was nothing I ve ever encountered before, and the book was mainly a narrative from the first person of a mermaid, Sirena I gave it three stars, because the writing was very fluid, and invoked the imagination which is worth mentioning It s a fast read, and full of love, regret, and longing While some parts of it are a little too ahem for the young adult section, it s not all that bad I would tell anyone who likes mermaids, and wants a fast read to pick this up at the library It teaches you a very important life lesson love can happen at unexpected moments, and a true love, will live on, even if your love is no longer with you When Sirena and her sisters sing their siren songs to the sailors on their way to the Trojan War, the men crash their ships upon the rocks There is one survivor Sirena defies the goddess Hera by tending his wounds and soon the two are deep in love But does Philoctetes love Sirena s song, or her soul And will the pull of honor prove stronger than the bond of love Salted, saltish, very salty like a particular salt of memory Reminiscent of fishy hopes and hearths lost between thighs. This book is a great quick read that I really enjoyed I went into thsi book not knowing anything about it except that is is about a mermaid named Sirena The synopsis gives no information about the time period or when it takes place I was happy to find out that the book takes place in Ancient Greece at the time of the Trojan War It is a re telling of the myth of Philoctetes, who was abandoned on the island of Lemnos when he was bitten by a serpent on the way to Troy The myth was changed to a This book is a great quick read that I really enjoyed I went into thsi book not knowing anything about it except that is is about a mermaid named Sirena The synopsis gives no information about the time period or when it takes place I was happy to find out that the book takes place in Ancient Greece at the time of the Trojan War It is a re telling of the myth of Philoctetes, who was abandoned on the island of Lemnos when he was bitten by a serpent on the way to Troy The myth was changed to add a mermaid into it The story takes place in the years that Philoctetes was stranded on the island I really liked Sirena She was very innocent in the beginning In this book, mermaids can gain immortality by mating with a male human They use their singing to lure ships to their island where the ships will wreck and the survivors will have to stay on the island Sirena is a very determined character who realizes that her singing can cause death which is why she promises that she will never sing again She is very determined to keep that promise Sirena has a sense of right and wrong, which her sisters don t have Sirena wan t immortality but she doesn t want it at the price of a person s life Sirena is also very loyal, loving, caring, fun loving and playful She is also very nuturing which can be seen when she helps to heal Philotcetes She is very amazed at small things such as mosaics and fire and rejoices when she is able to do some human skills like make a fire She becomes wiser throughout the book She is also fiery and passionate especially in her beliefs I also liked Philoctetes I admire him for staying on the island for so long without going crazy or trying to get off of it multiple times He is a good man with unfortunate circumstances He is a renowned archer and a Greek hero after he gets off the island and goes to Troy He is very brave and willing to try new things like learning to swim He is very protective, loving, passionate and a wonderful story teller He also had impressive friends Theseus, Heracles Hercules and Achilles were his friends He gets used to life on Lemnos and with Sirena he begins to love it He is very sweet and caring, surprising Sirena with surprises he thinks she will like and giving a lot of thought and hard work on his surprises Of course being a human, Philoctetes, even though content with his life on Lemnos, dreams of going to war to be a hero and have people tell stories about him like he tells Sirena of Theseus, Achilles and Heracles Honor is everything to him and he wants to go to war to win honor I love the romance in the story The love between Sirena and Philoctetes is sweet They both love each other completely and they fell in love on their own without her singing or anything interfering They truly enjoy each other s company and have lively debates on some of the stories Philoctetes tells While I loved this book I have to say I wasn t too happy with the ending For me it was too sad and that sucks I hate sad ending.This review is also posted on Spantalian s Book Reviews Sirena is a Siren, who, in Napoli s work, are mermaids the offspring of the rape of a parrot fish by Eros no, really , they cannot be immortal unless they have a man fall in love with them Yeah So Sirena, unlike the rest of her sisters, doesn t want to trick a man into loving her by her singing shades of the Little Mermaid, oh my , and runs off to Lemnos, where she meets Philoctetes You could probably fill in the rest, too Not a bad book, but it mostly was a supposed to be titillating, Sirena is a Siren, who, in Napoli s work, are mermaids the offspring of the rape of a parrot fish by Eros no, really , they cannot be immortal unless they have a man fall in love with them Yeah So Sirena, unlike the rest of her sisters, doesn t want to trick a man into loving her by her singing shades of the Little Mermaid, oh my , and runs off to Lemnos, where she meets Philoctetes You could probably fill in the rest, too Not a bad book, but it mostly was a supposed to be titillating, I think, meditation on a young girl discovering sexuality, and really, YA books can be about something else The constant discussions of sex, though not graphic, offended me a whole lotthan the graphic scenes in either An Arrow s Flight or Cook s Achilles I think it s this sort of nonsense that ought to be kept out of the hands of teenagers, not to mention its ridiculous romanticism of Love Bah I thought this book was fantastic I love Greek mythology and everything about Greek life, but this book wasn t necessarily about that stuff It was a fun book about mermaids and caught my attention right from the first page It was an easy read that is easy to relate to at least I thought so , so the perfect thing to sneak in a day It is the ideal book to read if you re in a book slump Originally Reviewed on May 4, 2017 Updated with Grammarly on May 27, 2018. I have nice sentiments about this book, full of admiration It was not a retelling of the Little Mermaid as I had thought but a new story And it was really quite lovely A bit sad too.Greek mythology is woven into it or rather, a particular piece from Greek mythology is retold in the book Since the part with Philoctetes was the same word to word from the mythology, I m guessing the mermaid origins were taken from there too There were certain gaps in Philoctetes actual mythological story, how I have nice sentiments about this book, full of admiration It was not a retelling of the Little Mermaid as I had thought but a new story And it was really quite lovely A bit sad too.Greek mythology is woven into it or rather, a particular piece from Greek mythology is retold in the book Since the part with Philoctetes was the same word to word from the mythology, I m guessing the mermaid origins were taken from there too There were certain gaps in Philoctetes actual mythological story, how he survived on Lemnos, how he got his injury, etc The author filled those gaps in her own way and I loved that.I found that out later The trojan war and Paris and Heracles, I had known about before but I had never before heard of Philoctetes I thought the author had made him up When I finished the book I googled him and found his entire history on wikipedia I was bummed a little, to be honest But now I think it was amazing, how she put it all together.This book is short by normal standards, barely 300 pages, so it can t be considered slow But if you look at the plot, it s a slow paced one Years pass and it deals mostly with Sirena and Philoctetes day to day lives I was not bored by it at all However, it s something to be aware of before reading the book.I also found the mermaids physiological aspect interesting They couldn t stay in the water indefinitely They had to breathe above water and sleep on rocks I ve never heard that before either when it comes to mermaids.I ve definitely become intrigued by Donna Jo Napoli s work I plan on reading all retellings written by her I can find Sirena


About the Author: Donna Jo Napoli

Donna Jo Napoli is both a linguist and a writer of children s and YA fiction She loves to garden and bake bread, and even dreams of moving to the woods and becoming a naturalist At various times her house and yard have been filled with dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits For thirteen years she had a cat named Taxi, and liked to go outside and call, Taxi to make the neighbors wonder But dear dear Taxi died in 2009 She has five children, seven grandchildren, and currently lives outside Philadelphia She received her BA in mathematics in 1970 and her Ph.D in Romance Languages and Literatures in 1973, both from Harvard University, then did a postdoctoral year in Linguistics at MIT She has since taught linguistics at Smith College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgetown University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and Swarth College It was at UM that she earned tenure in 1981 and became a full professor in 1984 She has held visiting positions at the University of Queensland Australia , the University of Geneva Switzerland , Capital Normal University of Beijing China , the University of Newcastle UK , the University of Venice at Ca Foscari Italy , and the Siena School for the Liberal Arts Italy as well as lectured at the University of Sydney Australia , Macquarie University Australia , the University of the Witwatersrand South Africa , and the University of Stellenbosch South Africa and held a fellowship at Trinity College Dublin In the area of linguistics she has authored, coauthored, edited, or coedited 17 books, ranging from theoretical linguistics to practical matters in language structure and use, including matters of interest to d Deaf people She has held grants and fellowships from numerous sources, including the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the Sloan Foundation.


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