The Bull from the Seaby Mary Renault
The Bull from the Sea is the story of Theseus, King of Athens, but also Mary Renault's brilliant historical reconstruction of ancient Greek politics. Throughout his reign, Theseus is torn between his genius for kingship and his truant craving for adventure. As Theseus for a dynastic marriage with Phaedra, Pirithoos, the pirate prince, lures him off to/i>
The Bull from the Sea is the story of Theseus, King of Athens, but also Mary Renault's brilliant historical reconstruction of ancient Greek politics. Throughout his reign, Theseus is torn between his genius for kingship and his truant craving for adventure. As Theseus for a dynastic marriage with Phaedra, Pirithoos, the pirate prince, lures him off to explore the unknown Euxine, where he meets and captures the young warrior priestess Hippolyta. She is the love of his life, and that love is the crux of his fate. The bull of Marathon, the battle of the Lapiths and Kentaurs, and the moon-goddess cult of Pontos are merely a portion of the legendary material that Renault weaves into the fabric of great historical fiction. Whether or not these myths have their far-distant origin in actual events, the author's imagination and scholarship have invested them with immediate amd magical reality.
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Meet the Author
MARY RENAULT has written over a dozen novels, has had her work adapted for radio, stage, and screeen, and has been the subject of documentaries and biographies. She is as widely known for her forthright treatment of gay relationships as she is her historical restructions of ancient Greece. She was born in London and educated at Oxford. She then trained as a nurse, where she met her lifelong partner Julie Mullard. After during World War II, she and Mullard settled in South Africa and traveled considerably in Africa and Greece. It was at this time that she began writing her historical novels, including The King Must Die, The Last of the Wine, and The Persian Boy. The biography The Nature of Alexander is one of her only non-fiction books. She died in Cape Town in 1983.
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This book is a great read. It is a great for anybody young or old and will never bore you. I never found myself bored or annoyed with the book, but instead, was enjoying myself immensly. The effort put into this book by Renault clearly shows and should be respected. If you enjoyed this book you will probably enjoy some of the other titles written by the author.
If you are of a young age, this book will bore you to an early death. Theseus talks and talks and talks about everything going on, so you rarely get anywhere. Extracting some type of feeling from this book is difficult, but many older readers may enjoy it. I suggest that if you have read this book and didn't like it, go back to it later. If you are young, and haven't read it, don't read it just yet. It is not the reading level which may hold you back, it may be the wisdom and patience needed to read it. That could only come with time.