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The Bull from the Sea by Mary Renault
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Jul 09, 12

it was amazing
Read in July, 2012

This has been one of the most significant historical novel I have ever read. It becomes possible to imagine how the mythology could take place around the life of a real (I believe) person.

The book tells a tale of the classic Hero Theseus, who was said to have lived shortly before the time of the Trojan War. The man we meet in the book is quite an ordinary and yet clever, sincere and brave young man. It is a very strong and attractive character with deep and wise thoughts about life and death, fathers and sons, gods and mortals and finally the power of Fate.

It is awesome how Mary Renault come up with these events that make all the aspects of the myth seem viable -- especially the reason she gives for Theseus's leaving Ariadne on Naxos island.

Masterful retelling of the Theseus legend.

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