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Baba Yaga Pôs Um Ovo (1983)

by Dubravka Ugrešić(Favorite Author)
3.62 of 5 Votes: 4
Editorial Teorema
Canongate Myths
review 1: The Croatian author writes a novel about four old woman and then appends a letter to the editor from a Dr. Aba Bagay purporting to be a kind of critique of the novel as it relates to the Baba Yaga myth. The novel itself is worth reading, especially by those of us who are "women of a certain age" ourselves. The fake scholarly exegesis is clever and gives the whole effort a kind of post-modern gloss.
review 2: I picked up this book because Baba Yaga is one of the myths that Pinkola Estes discusses in her book Women Who Run With the Wolves. I hate to admit that I was bored at times during the book. It started out promising with Part 1 and then took a turn to another story in Part 2 that I wasn't as excited about. I was amused with the beginning of Part 3 and ev
... moreen though I knew what the author was trying to do, I started skimming. (Which, if the author was trying to overload with details, and this was explained as much at the end of this part 3, then it worked beautifully.) By the time, I figured out what the author was up to, my delight in her wit and clever way of executing her ruse was dampened by the fact that I didn't think it was done all that well. She brought out her sword in the end, but I thought it was too late; as a reader I had lost interest. Tarot speaks of swords in just the way her character was intending to use hers at the end. I think that more of the sword should have been used throughout the book to make the connections sharper and cut out what was unnecessary. I do truly appreciate what the author was attempting. I very much like the ties to the Baba Yaga myth. I wish that in the end I could say I loved this book. less
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Too much mythology, not enough story.
Ugresic makes me happy....
loved the book...
3.5 stars.
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