Reviews tagged "classical"

 

Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

As an amateur scholar who is passionate about classical literature, I approached this book with a combination of interest and trepidation. Since Lavinia is basically a non-entity in Vergil’s Aeneid, a retelling of the story from her perspective could go any number of directions, many of them not particularly appealing. But far from being disappointed, […]

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The Game by Diana Wynne Jones

It’s very rare that I come across a book about which I can truthfully say both that I enjoyed it very much as a story in its own right, and that I would eagerly give it to a twelve-year-old. Usually I feel somewhat detached, as an adult reader, from books that are obviously geared towards […]

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The Golden Gryphon Feather by Richard Purtill

This novel does not retell a myth, but rather tells a story around the edges of one. It’s set shortly before the adventures of Theseus, when the first shipload of Athenians is brought to Crete (or Kaphtu, as Purtill calls it). But instead of feeding them to the Minotaur, M’nos wants the Athenians to join […]

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The Mirror of Helen by Richard Purtill

This book tells the story of Helen from three viewpoints: Alceme, an Athenian woman who meets Helen when she is being held hostage by Theseus; M’pha, Helen’s serving maid in Troy; and Menelaus. Purtill makes few changes to the story beyond the world-building already established in his Greek universe, and a twist on the Helen-in-Egypt […]

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Waiting for Odysseus by Clemence McLaren

This book gets lots of points for concept. It is a retelling of Homer’s Odyssey from the perspectives of four central female characters: Penelope, Circe, Athena, and Eurycleia. Each character narrates her portion of the story, making for a remarkably thorough overview of the epic, considering this book’s short length of 150 pages. The female […]

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