Dance of the Ariadnes

Dance of the Ariadnes

by Sharon Spencer
     
 

Having been abandoned by a mysterious man she'd met on the Yugoslavian island of Korchula, Miranda is set on a course of loneliness, pent-up passion, and longing. When she sets foot on Crete, her fortunes begin to change, as she is caught up in the web spun by the Serbian actress Divna, and her estranged husband, Dionysios. Following the steps of mythological…  See more details below

Overview

Having been abandoned by a mysterious man she'd met on the Yugoslavian island of Korchula, Miranda is set on a course of loneliness, pent-up passion, and longing. When she sets foot on Crete, her fortunes begin to change, as she is caught up in the web spun by the Serbian actress Divna, and her estranged husband, Dionysios. Following the steps of mythological Greek characters, this triangle of lust and passion heads toward both ecstasy and tragedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780965236423
Publisher:
Sky Blue Press
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.43(w) x 5.46(h) x 0.76(d)

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From the first chapter:

In the morning there will be the rhythmic clicking of the cicadas. The warm ivory stones. The chunks of marble lying all over the ground, emanating rays of buttery sunlight, pulsating rays of light that will warm the dew that glitters on the grass. The stones will radiate heat to the same vibrations as the rhythm kept by the cicadas, the summer percussion, the insistent rhythm of August on the island of Crete, a music that strikes, that holds the perfect chord for the time, for the place, for the hunger, this hunger that cannot be appeased, has not been appeased since he left me on the island I can no longer claim as home. Neither goddess nor queen, I will submit and he will lead; he will lead me through avenues of cypresses raising their foliage like huge feathery dark green arms welcoming us into the depths of a thick wood, a sprawl of moss across the low-lying valley behind the labyrinth. He will turn, then glance at me for a second, flashing me a look of laughing anticipation. And I will return his glance of taunting desire, feeling sly and feral as I trail after him into the gaping dark mouth of the woods.

What People are saying about this

Bettina L. Knapp
Sharon Spencer's Dance of the Ariadnes is a dazzling foray into the mysteries of myth as experienced by two very modern women whose excitement and suspenseful yearnings swell with each unfolding chapter. Readers will delight in the sequences of dream, reverie, and reality, intricately knit together in a unique poetics of eroticism.

Mysteries in general, Aristotle wrote, were not intended to teach a doctrine, but to be felt. Spencer's Dance of the Ariadnes is just that -- a feast for the senses. Esoteric in nature, the word "mystery" stems from the Greek word meaning "I make enter"; the intention being to open the door, to make accessible what has been lying hidden or buried in darkness. Spencer's concretization of the elusive in the word, while arresting space and time, never profanes the sacred!

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