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Farewell, Great King

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  18 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A novel of Ancient Greece. This is Walsh's first adult novel.
Admirable is the one word that comes to mind concerning this novel of the 5th century BCE Athenian statesman and naval tactician, Themistokles. Ms. Walsh gives the time and events both solidity and continuity.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 1972 by Putnam Publishing Group
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Keith Currie
Jan 30, 2017 Keith Currie rated it it was amazing
The Political Animal
Jill Paton Walsh has written some superb novels in her career and this is one of them; being the ‘autobiography’ of the Athenian politician and general Themistokles, written as it were on the last night of his life to the Great King of the Persians, Artaxerxes.

The author demonstrates consummate knowledge of this crucial period in history as Themistokles contributes to the rise of Athens to greatness: the dramatic establishment of democracy, the rivalry with Aristeides, known
Of all the books I've read that are claimed as similar to Mary Renault, this book has come the closest to capturing the style and feel of her work. This Themistocles was sardonic and self-sympathizing, frequently referring to himself as the cleverest man in Athens. He described the wars with the Persians and political life in Athens in ways that made them live for me. Some things were too brief and could have been explained/described more fully, but overall this was pretty good.
Aug 08, 2007 DoctorM rated it really liked it
It's not Mary Renault, but what else is? Start there. Accept that it's not "Last of the Wine" or "The Praise Singer". And then embrace it for its own strengths--- melancholy, vivid, well-done. Here we have Themistokles, the Athenian politician who commanded the Athenian fleet at Salamis...and who ended his life in exile, abandoned by the Athenians he'd saved, serving as an admiral in the Persian fleet he'd once fought, and as Persian governor of some of the cities in Asian Minor the Athenians ha ...more
Jul 02, 2013 Cassandra marked it as unfinished
The first novel of hers I have bounced off of, and not, I think, inherent to the book. But it is historical fiction written in that retrospective view which seems to me to have been so prominent in the 50s and 60s -- the old man looking back upon his life and career and describing them to someone, often a foreigner so that there is good reason to explain all of the things the actual modern reader will not know. I have disliked this technique since childhood, and still do, so however well it migh ...more
Captivating account of the Persian invasion of Greece. Read it when I was young. Loved it then. I was swept away by the imaginative characterisation, the skilful presentation of the struggle by the Greeks for freedom, and Themistocles—statesman, politician, wheeler-dealer—brought to life by the author. I would like to get my hands on an ebook version, but no sign.
Estevo Raposo
Sep 27, 2013 Estevo Raposo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novela, solo-ebook
Temístocles de Atenas, un gobernante en la primera época de la democracía griega es la voz principal de esta novela histórica, en una carta que dirige al rey persa Artajerjes.

Entretenida forma de echar una mirada a la Atenas, Esparta, la batalla de Maratón, la batalla de las Termópilas o la batalla de Salamina.
Erik Graff
Jun 26, 2010 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paton fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
Although I don't allow myself much fiction lately, I'll make exceptions for historical fiction dealing with persons or events of interest--such as this book about the Graeco-Persian Wars. Unfortunately, this book left little impression.
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Jill Paton Walsh was born Gillian Bliss in London on April 29th, 1937. She was educated at St. Michael's Convent, North Finchley, and at St. Anne's College, Oxford. From 1959 to 1962 she taught English at Enfield Girls' Grammar School.

Jill Paton Walsh has won the Book World Festival Award, 1970, for Fireweed; the Whitbread Prize, 1974 (for a Children's novel) for The Emperor's Winding Sheet; The
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