Comments on The Serprent and the Swan:
- "Obviously a triumph of scholarship, this work is as compelling as it is interesting, particularly because it is so well written. A comprehensive account of Animal Bride stories from all over the world, many of them painful and many of them sad but all of them intriguing, the book reminds us of an unnatural division that often brings about considerable suffering, unmitigated by the fact that the division is remarkably similar to that which we place between men and women. Even more compelling, at least to my way of thinking, is that these stories seem endemic to our species, and crop up in an amazing array of really very similar folktales indifferent and culturally unrelated parts of the world." Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
- "This is a beautifully produced and beautifully reasoned book. The author, Boria Sax, begins his exploration by stating that he prefers not to follow any particular school of interpretation; his goal is not to reconstruct, deconstruct or ideologically exploit the oft-repeated story of the animal bride, but to find the human meaning in it. This approach is refreshing, rewarding and eminently readable: we are introduced not to pedantic terminology and academic analysis designed to demonstrate the brilliance of the analyst, but rather to a calm and thoughtful voice speaking to us as reasoning and feeling human beings. The method is open, eclectic, directed by expert knowledge and common sense like that of Joseph Campbell, but perhaps with fewer preconceptions than even that great guru." Gary Kern, H-Nilas
"It is a scholarly book, so you know you have something of substance in your hand. It is detailed and precise. Boria Sax knows his folklore studies. His references are fine, so if you have an interest in classics or are inclined to follow up with further reading, you can really enjoy his exploration. It takes you much further into myth and into religious questions than a simple summary of folktales would.” Marie-Francoise Guedon & Walter Miale, H-Nilas;
"The Serpent and the Swan is highly recommended to all who wish to probe human—animal relationships at their deep symbolic levels." Elizabeth A. Lawrence, Anthrozoös, vol. 12, # 2.