[BOOKS] ⚣ Flowers of Adonis By Rosemary Sutcliff – Agedanna.info

Hmph3.5 stars is looking a bit generous for this letdown of a book The protagonist being Alcibiades of Athens, I had come to hope for an engrossing novel given what s known of his life from historical sources A life that was anything but dull, or, gods forbid, peaceful and bland Just read what good old Thucydides had to say about the man in his chronicle of the Peloponnesian War, and you ll be forgiven for expecting a cross between Lucius Sulla and Francis Crawford of Lymond Yes, I know I m not the first one to remark on this, but I trust those who read the respective series by mesdames McCullough and Dunnett will get where I m coming from.Sadly, Rosemary Sutcliff fell short of the task We only get glimpses of the brilliant bastard that Alcibiades was, and always through the eyes of others I don t believe the choice of first person POV for the narration was necessarily a bad one from the get go, but what made it bad eventually was the handling and distribution of the narrators There are just too many narrators instead of just a select few to follow Alcibiades wherever he goes, and there s alwaysthan one narrating in the same single chapter The result is that one narrator, say the Seaman Alcibiades pilot and right hand man in the fleet , goes for a few paragraphs and then departs abruptly, giving way for the next narrator, say the Soldier someone in Alcibiades troops , or the Citizen, or the Queen, or the Satrap, or the WhoreIt ends up being so disjointed, as if the narrators are interrupting each other If Sutcliff wanted several narrators, she could ve had them but giving each their own chapter and not grouping them tight like sardines in a can It s not a bad idea to never give the protagonist a POV either Alcibiades never has one in this novel , but one should be careful so as to not make the character so distant that he s unrelatable, or that the gushing adoration of the POVs that narrate his comings and goings don t read repellently biased that it readslike fangirling.The style of storytelling and the writing itself don t do Alcibiades story justice, either It doesn t come off as interesting, and the narrators lack a distinctive individual voice, so there s no polyphony here all of them sound the same on the page regardless of who the headline on each paragraph break says is speaking, man or woman That s a very flat characterisation. One of her few books for adults I read a number of her children s books when I was young and I do wish she d writtenBased on thorough research, she applies such wonderful imagination that you feel you are immersed in and understand the period, the cultures, the people, politics and motivations This is the story of Alcibiades something of a renegade Athenian and it makes me want to re read Thucydides The Peloponnesian Wars in translation. just discovered Sutcliff wrote an Alcibiades book and I m feeling great about life They don t write books like this anyI m not even sure they wrote books like this then Recommended if you can deal with the style Sutcliff is Sutcliff, whether she s tackling Roman Britain or golden age Greece Although there were a few places where I winced any sexy moments, mostly , it s rapturous, visceral writing that takes you nose down into the landscape and I liked it a lot Also, Alcibiades Lymond No question. The Th Century BC The Greek City States Are Engaged In Perpetual War But One Man Towers Above The Chaos His Name Is Alkibiades He Is At Once A Pirate, Statesman And Seducer Whose Adventures Rival Those Of Odysseus HimselfCitizen Of Athens, Friend Of Socrates, Sailor, Warrior And Inveterate Lover, Alkibiades Flees Persecution In His Native City To Join The Spartan Cause However, His Brilliant Naval And Diplomatic Victories On Their Behalf Do Not Save Him From The Consequences Of Impregnating The Spartan Queen, And Once He Takes Up The Outcast S Mantle I read this when in my teens I remember thinking what a great story it tells The switching I found easy to keep up with so may be an individuals problem rather than a real issue.Severely recommend this book A book you could put down frequently Nevertheless, I now have a lot clearer perspective of the Peloponnesian wars. Loved the book Again. The story of Alcibiades There areb t many of those I absolutely adored this book when I read it many years ago. I found this difficult at first as I was used to Rosemary Sutcliff as a writer for children.Once I got used to that I thoroughly enjoyed the book as I enjoy Mary Renault Flowers of Adonis

About the Author: Rosemary Sutcliff

Rosemary Sutcliff, CBE was a British novelist, best known as a writer of highly acclaimed historical fiction Although primarily a children s author, the quality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults She once commented that she wrote for children of all ages from nine to ninety Born in West Clandon, Surrey, Sutcliff spent her early youth in Malta and other naval bases where her father

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