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normasue
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I thoroughly enjoyed this simplified but faithful retelling. With its beautifully poetic prose that's reminiscent of reading a classic translation, but still accessible to the young or casual reader.

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Robotswithpersonality
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"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves" is a quote Confucius probably DIDN'T say, but it's seems the best way to sum up this Greek tragedy retelling. 1/?

Robotswithpersonality I maintain that Jennifer Saint remains a little closer to the original tales in tone than Madeline Miller, but I loved this one WAY MORE than Saint's Ariadne. Perhaps others might call the ending defanged, given the messages in the rest of the book, but if that's the case you'd also have to critique Euripedes' play the same way, because it looks like that's the version of Elektra's story this is based on. 2/? 1w
Robotswithpersonality I'll never be able to tell how much having studied ancient Greek classics colours my opinion of myth retellings, but I did feel like Saint filled a gap by choosing to have the story narrated from these three key women character's perspectives AND how she combined pieces of the narrative from the Homeric epics and Ele(c/k)tra play(s?) to reach what feels like the natural end point of THEIR stories, that is otherwise truncated by early tales. 3/? 1w
Robotswithpersonality Repetition makes the themes easier to perceive!

Danger of pride, arrogance, ambition, aka that good ol' hubris; don't look to be too close to the gods.

Vicious cycle of violence, rage and revenge, how they leave no room for love or healing

How subjective experiences colour our perceptions of the reason for events, the nature of our loved ones.

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Robotswithpersonality You can't outrun fate/the gods vs you can't change the bad choices/mistakes you made vs bad things may happen to you that are not your fault - but what if you could break the cycle?

Assumed male entitlement to women's bodies vs women finding agency (often via manipulation/destruction of a man). ⚠️SA, slavery 5/?
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Robotswithpersonality Beautiful writing, made these ancients' emotions, values, and action come alive, which can be trickier the farther from the present day sensibilities and infrastructure you venture.

Quiet moment with Cassandra and Hector just ripped my heart right out and stomped on it. 6/6
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rabbitprincess
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I‘ll call this a Pick because I liked it well enough, but it felt a bit long and it didn‘t contain author‘s notes about why this particular myth was being retold and what sources, if any, were drawn upon. (Natalie Haynes writes good author‘s notes in this regard.) Content warning for rape / sexual assault.

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MicrobeMom
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I have really enjoyed the modern day retelling of Greek myths. This is the retelling of the Troy and it‘s events before and after, from the point of view of three minor female characters: Clytemnestra, Cassandra, and Elektra. One is viewed as crazy, two are obsessed with vengeance, and one is obsessed with her father. It is dark, slow, and thoughtful. I love putting the females in the forefront and how the events effected them.

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Pedrocamacho
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I loved this imagining of the period just before the beginning of the “Odyssey”. Claire North tells the story of Penelope protecting her kingdom from the suitors and myriad other calamities. Honestly, in North‘s telling, Penelope is the more wily and clever one of the couple. This is my favorite Clair North book since “The First 15 Lives of Harry August” :)

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Laughterhp
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Thank you so much Tanya for the book and chocolate! I can‘t wait to read this one and dive into the chocolate! Happy Holidays!

#JolabokaflodSwap

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BkClubCare
The King Must Die | Mary Renault
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Stack of unread books in my home library to satisfy the What‘s in a Name 2023 Challenge; tagged book has been on my Classics Club 50 lists since committing to it.

#WiaNChallenge2023 #WiaN2023

Ruthiella I‘ve only read The Liars Club. It was tough in parts due to abuse suffered by Karr as a child, but beautifully written. 1mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - yeah… I attempted Liar‘s Club a few months ago and it was just too much Texas! 1mo
BkClubCare Tagging @AvidReader25 — okay, we can swap in 1mo
BkClubCare @AvidReader25 - I will hopefully read both! 😆 1mo
AvidReader25 I‘m totally in for that! 1mo
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SimonB901
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Gory

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vlwelser
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This was my first #Aardvark selection and it was excellent. This is about Penelope and how she deals with those pesky suitors while Odysseus was MIA. And my favorite part is that Hera is the narrator. It's funny and clever. I love Greek stories. There is a lot to work with there. The author did an excellent job with it.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover 🧡 2mo
TheAromaofBooks This is quite random but I've always thought Ithaca was such a fun word to say 😂 2mo
vlwelser @TheAromaofBooks you're right. That's pretty random. 😂 2mo
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AardvarkBookClub
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It can be super challenging to keep track of the characters in Greek Mythology Retellings 🤯 Thankfully Claire North has included a list of all characters (mortal and immortal) at the very beginning. If ever there was a page to dogear 😉

Aims42 I agree! I love when there‘s a list of characters or a family tree, it‘s so helpful!! 👍 3mo
Megabooks Glad to see you on litsy!! 3mo
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