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The King Must Die by Mary Renault
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Dec 02, 09

Read in November, 2009

This is a dip into my parents' library -- Mary Renault was popular back in the 1950s, and this retelling of the Theseus legend inspired my stepfather, the sculptor Harvey Fite, to create his epic carving, "The Bull Dancer."
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The story is a retelling of the Theseus legend, with a mastery of the storyteller's art, and an evocative sense of time and place. Renault's Theseus believes in the gods, but Renault herself never strays from natural phenomena, so one of the joys of the book is seeing how she'll handle fantastic elements of the story, like Theseus' battle with the Minotaur.
The King Must Die is not only still in print, it was still on the shelves of my local Barnes and Noble as of yesterday (although I read my parents' old hardcover edition).
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