Penguin Epics – convenient and portable epic tales

Penguin’s latest series of very portable classics concentrates on epic tales like the fall of Troy, Jason and the Golden Fleece and many other mythological stories. I picked up the thin 137-page volume titled Siegfried’s Murder two weeks ago, primarily as a quick way to learn more about the legends on which Wagner based his music.

Since the paperback is extremely light, I carried it around and read it when I was stuck in traffic. These Penguin Epics are a convenient way to acquaint oneself with mythology and classics, but since they are heavily excerpted, they don’t convey the “epic” scale of the works.