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The King Must Die by Mary Renault
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Jul 14, 11

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

I must be getting older. I was able to ingest the imagined Bronze Age dialogue, channeled through an early Twentieth Century British author. And, I understood theplot all the way through the build up to the climax of the story. But, I got lost in the denouement in the Naxos section of the story. What had Ariadne been doing where she was so exhausted and bloodied? Was she engaging in the same type of free love as Theseus, but rougher? Perhaps I need to stop reading just before I sleep, so that my brain can make the necessary connections to the previously detailed religious practices. Maybe this is why my son has difficulty with inference in school, because he's just like his father.

The text is well written, and serves our curricular purposes, so will continue to be used. For how long, I am not willing to say.

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I love this book and the others in the series, making the myths into possible reality.

Chris Gager as a priestess she was a participant in
the ritual sacrifice of the young king
and was carrying some body part with her. his heart or gonads...

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