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The Praise Singer by Mary Renault
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Apr 20, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-novels
Read in April, 2011

Wonderful, moving. Only Mary Renault could have written this book. She never disappoints. She brings ancient Greece alive-the people, the environment, the manners. There were passages that broke my heart and some in which I could feel the weather, the topography, and the sea. I want to see Euboia, walk the ground Simonides walked, see ancient Sicily, revisit the little city of Pythagoras and the ruins of the Hera temple on Samos, as well as the history of events and festivals of the time; I wanted set sail again from Ephesus to Samos to Piraius, and most of all, read more Homer. This is not a quick little romance, biography or memoir; its a meditation and introduces sights, sounds, and a pace that are not part of our time. This book lifted this Pre-Christian story out of the realm of myth while enlivening the period as if Simonides lived still..that is the trick of any true myth.

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