Arcadian Nights: The Greek Myths Reimagined by John Spurling

By John Spurling

The colourful retelling of the valuable Greek myths by way of 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 sleek Western civilization. Our common sense and technology, our philosophy, politics, literature, structure, and paintings are all indebted to the traditional population of the small mountainous Mediterranean nation. And the strong myths of the Greeks, sophisticated via Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, and the nice Greek dramatists, nonetheless resonate on the middle of our culture.

Taking as his start line a few of the recognized vacationer websites within the Peloponnese, the place the tales are set, John Spurling, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for old Fiction, freshly imagines key narratives from the Greek canon, together with stories of the doomed condo 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 tense relatives relationships are made new back for our time with wit and enjoy by means of a talented writer. Spurling has extra scene, discussion, and context, whereas continuously staying real to the spirit of the unique fantasy.

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By John Spurling

The colourful retelling of the valuable Greek myths by way of 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 sleek Western civilization. Our common sense and technology, our philosophy, politics, literature, structure, and paintings are all indebted to the traditional population of the small mountainous Mediterranean nation. And the strong myths of the Greeks, sophisticated via Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, and the nice Greek dramatists, nonetheless resonate on the middle of our culture.

Taking as his start line a few of the recognized vacationer websites within the Peloponnese, the place the tales are set, John Spurling, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for old Fiction, freshly imagines key narratives from the Greek canon, together with stories of the doomed condo 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 tense relatives relationships are made new back for our time with wit and enjoy by means of a talented writer. Spurling has extra scene, discussion, and context, whereas continuously staying real to the spirit of the unique fantasy.

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