The enduring story of Antigone--the Greek princess who braved the wrath of a king and sacrificed her own life in order to honor her slain brother--is retold here for contemporary readers.
Through the words of the blind prophet Teiresias, we watch the inevitable tragedy unfold as Antigone discovers that her brother, a rebel against the rule of their uncle Creon, has been murdered and his body left unburied. Torn between duty to her uncle the king, love for her brother, and her duty to the gods, Antigone symbolizes the often tragic conflict between love and duty, honor and the law.
This modern retelling of the story, best known through Sophocles' drama, is enhanced by original illustrations in the style of ancient Greek art silk-screened on handmade paper. Truly a unique and beautiful book, Sophocles' Antigone will be a treasured addition to the libraries of those who love the arts of ancient Greece and of fine, contemporary bookmaking.
Equipped with absurdist twists, the 18 short stories of Dreams, Demons and Desire by British novelist Wendy Perriam (Lying, etc.) are simply written tales of modern (and not so modern) malaise. In "Angelfish," a disgruntled lodger turns his rage on a trio of unlucky tropical fish; in "Dudley," a husband and wife dream of the dog they love more than they love each other; in "Paraquat," an enormously fat painter devours 12 loaves of bread. This is Perriam's first story collection, and while her prose is polished, she sometimes falters in her plotting. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
The classic Greek tale of power, pride and courage offers readers a new look at an ancient people whose problems are still fresh and relevant today. Readers meet Antigone who demonstrates courage when she breaks the laws of her uncle, the king, and buries her brother who has been killed in battle. The king's son is to marry Antigone, but the king banishes her to a sealed cave to meet her death. The king's son pleads with him to change his mind; even the great and ancient prophet, Teiresias pleads with the king and foretells a sad ending for all. Readers will enjoy the tale of tragedy that also speaks to the power of courage and sticking to your beliefs. The book is cleverly designed by hand and screen printed on handmade paper. Illustrations boldly tell the tale using scenes from classic pottery of ancient Greece. 2001, Tara Publishing, $18.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Sue Reichard