Sirena Background

Sirena Background

Sirena is a book written by Donna Jo Napoli that was published in 1998. Sirena is one of the Sirens, the mermaid beings in Greek mythology that sing songs that are impossible for mortals to ignore. When they sing to the Greeks that are sailing to Troy for the legendary Trojan War, they men are drawn to their rocks and wreck their ships. Out of all the men, Philoctetes is the only one that survives.

Sirena combines a romance novel with classical mythology and follows the protagonist, Sirena, as she works to earn the love of of a mortal man and thereby attain immortality. Sirena explores the themes of appearance versus reality, fate, and man’s honor as Sirena earns her immortality through her immensely conflicted journey.

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