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The Winged Girl Of Knossos

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Here is an adventure story for older girls—an exciting tale of ancient Crete three thousand five hundred years ago! From this island the empire of the mighty Minos extended even to the southern slopes of Greece. It was an age of color, of drama and of danger. Phoenician traders brought tin from far off Cornwall, Minos sent gifts of purple dye to the Pharoahs of Egypt. What ...more
253 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1933)
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Newbery Medal Honor Books
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On the one hand, it is awesome to see a novel from the 1930s featuring a brave, active, adventurous girl heroine. Inas dives for sponges, takes part in the bull-tossing ceremony, and test-flies her father Daedalous' artificial wings. She is smart, sometimes, about practical matters like seeing when her father is heading into a clash with the local priest and needs to move his experiment to a more hidden location.

On the other hand, I wasn't all that fond of Inas herself. Her adventurous ways are
Lovely adventure story. Before Katniss, there was Inas, a young Cretan woman, the privileged daughter of a famous engineer. Inas dives wish the fishing boats for sponges, is a champion bull-vaulter, she flies and/or glides on large wings that she and her father have designed and built. Ina's is simultaneously rescued by and rescues her love... more like they work together for their own survival. This story is imaginative and wonderful.

Badass book, published in 1933.

By Erick Berry, pseudonym for
Thomas Bell
I thought that it was a fun book. Not too accurate, but they use some good famous names and stories which developed into legends, like Diadalos and his labyrinth, Ariadne's string to help find a way out of the labyrinth, King Minos, etc. Not quite sure if Crete is where the legends started either, but I guess it is possible, except King Minos was the king of Crete. That is known.

Oh, and the Basque people are not runaway Cretans like the afterword in the book suggests. That theory never gained cr
Interesting to see how radically different the Newbery Award winning book from 1934 is presented, compared to contemporary award-winning books. (Though there's always a special place in my heart for this mythology-type-stuff.)
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A pseudonym of Allena Best.
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