By John Spurling
The colourful retelling of the imperative Greek myths by way of acclaimed novelist John Spurling, writer of The 10000 Things, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for historic Fiction
The classical Greek highbrow culture pervades approximately each element of our glossy Western civilization. Our good judgment and technological know-how, our philosophy, politics, literature, structure, and paintings are all indebted to the traditional population of the small mountainous Mediterranean state. And the robust myths of the Greeks, subtle by means of Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, and the nice Greek dramatists, nonetheless resonate on the middle of our culture.
Taking as his place to begin 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 ancient Fiction, freshly imagines key narratives from the Greek canon, together with stories of the doomed condominium of Atreus (notably Agamemnon, chief of the Greeks at Troy, murdered through 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 vivid, gripping and sometimes grisly retelling of the Greek myths, tales of homicide, energy, revenge, love, and annoying family members relationships are made new back for our time with wit and appreciate by way of a talented writer. Spurling has extra scene, discussion, and context, whereas consistently staying actual to the spirit of the unique fable.
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The mountains Of earth catch fire, the prairies crack, the rivers Dry up, the meadows are white-hot, the trees, The leaves, bum to a crisp, the crops are tinder. I grieve at minor losses. The great cities Jines 214-251 PHAETHON Perish, and their great walls; and nations perish With all their people: everything is ashes. The woods and mountains burn, Athos and Taurus, Tmolus and Oete; all the springs of Ida Dry up, and Helicon, home of the Muses, Haemus and Aetna blaze, twin-peaked Parnassus, And Eryx, Cynthus, Othrys.
Clothed in a robe of crimson, there was Phoebus High on the throne, with brightest emeralds gleaming, To left and right the Days, the Months, the Years, The Centuries, stood, and the Hours, at even spaces, Young Spring was there, wearing a crown of flowers, And naked Summer, carrying sheaves of grain, And Autumn, stained with trodden grapes, and Winter, Icy, with hoary hair. And from their center The all-seeing Sun saw this young man, who trembled At all the strangeness. "Phaethon," he said, "What have you come here for, to this high dwelling?
It did not take the horses long to know it, To run away, beyond control; the driver, In panic, does not know in which direction To tum the reins, does not know where the road is, And even if he knew, he could do nothing With those wild plunging animals. The Bear, For the first time in all his life, grew hot And tried, in vain, to seek forbidden oceans For coolness, and the Serpent, near the pole, Torpid and harmless with the chill upon him, Burned into angry fury, and the Plow-Ox, Clumsy and tame in the shafts of his heavy wagon, Went dashing off in terror.
Arcadian Nights: The Greek Myths Reimagined by John Spurling