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Presenting the stories of Zeus and Europa, Theseus and Ariadne, the birth of Athens and the fall of Troy, in all their variants, Calasso also uncovers the distant origins of secrets and tragedy, virginity, and rape. "A perfect work like no other. (Calasso) has re-created . . . the morning of our world."--Gore Vidal. 15 engravings.
"Extraordinary...learned but also daring...brilliant, dazzling to read, a labyrinth lit by fire." --The New York Times Review of Books
"Beautifully written...Calasso reminds us with eloquence that, in this terrible world, we will come closer to perfection by knowing how to meditate on the calamity of our nature than we will by denying it." --The Toronto Star
Posted February 3, 2012
As rich and complex as one of Arachne's tapestries. In the skilled hands of translator Tim Parks, Calasso's prose weaves a vibrant and finely detailed mural of the lives of ancient Greek gods and heroes, bringing them to life by capturing their emotions and behvioral impetus like no author has done before or since. This book is an essential part of every home library.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 14, 2009
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