By John Spurling
The colourful retelling of the relevant Greek myths through acclaimed novelist John Spurling, writer of The 10000 Things, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for ancient Fiction
The classical Greek highbrow culture pervades approximately each point of our glossy Western civilization. Our common sense and technological know-how, our philosophy, politics, literature, structure, and artwork are all indebted to the traditional population of the small mountainous Mediterranean nation. And the strong myths of the Greeks, subtle through Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, and the good Greek dramatists, nonetheless resonate on the middle of our culture.
Taking as his start line the various recognized vacationer websites within the Peloponnese, the place the tales are set, John Spurling, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for historic Fiction, freshly imagines key narratives from the Greek canon, together with stories of the doomed residence of Atreus (notably Agamemnon, chief of the Greeks at Troy, murdered via his spouse in his palace bathroom); of the god Apollo; goddess Athene; Theseus, scourge of the Minotaur; the Twelve Labors of Heracles; and Perseus, rescuer of Andromeda.
In this bright, gripping and infrequently grisly retelling of the Greek myths, tales of homicide, energy, revenge, love, and annoying kinfolk relationships are made new back for our time with wit and appreciate via a talented writer. Spurling has extra scene, discussion, and context, whereas constantly staying actual to the spirit of the unique fable.
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