Rainer Maria Rilke

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Legends Galore

Lost Lands, Forgotten Realms:  Sunken Continents, Vanished Cities, and the Kingdoms That History Misplaced by Dr. Bob Curran

Nonfiction

This is my very favorite kinds of book--a book on myths, forgotten stories, whispered truths from the past. 

In the book, Dr. Bob Curran writes about myths from every corner of the globe.  While the title hints at Atlantis and other stories like it, Curran delves much more broadly and also writes about the forgotten lands and realms of America.  This was probably my favorite part of the book.  While I have read many books on Atlantis, El Dorado and other stories like that, I hadn't really read about, or even heard about, some of the stories and myths in the book from America.  I loved the part that talked about the Welsh king and kingdom in Alabama, the lost tribes of the Melungeons from Kentucky, and Native American stories.  Curran spends a lot of time with the myths of American and it made for a nice change of pace from the usual books I read on this topic.

If you're looking for an in-depth read on topics like the Bermuda Triangle, etc., you'll need to look elsewhere.  This book serves mostly as an introduction to myths and stories worldwide.  For many of the chapters, I can honestly say I already knew of most of what was being discussed.  This is a book for beginners and for those who, like me, can't resist gossips, hints, and legends.  I have a whole page of new things and topics to read about. (The Devil of Mammoth Cave, Kentucky...who knew?)

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