Far Away Bird
Her salacious past has left historians blushing and uncomfortable.Tales of her shamelessness have survived for centuries, and ...more
"So rapid the slide to destitution..."
So very rapid... Theodora would never forget the night her pata died. How foolish he had been. He should have stayed at home instead of joining the rebellion against the Emperor. If it had not been for Magister Origen then Theodora, her mother and two sisters would have ended up destitute.
Magister Origen had been so kind. So very thoughtful. He had even arranged for Theodora and her sister, Comito, to attend a dance school. This was not the time to look back ...more
A powerful, evocative narrative, that draws you into the human rather than mythical aspect of the "notorious" Theodora from her early childhood to her return to Constantinople. It is as though Burton is channeling his subject as her life dances across the pages before you, the reader. You are drawn into her life as if walking side by side, her contemporary, her ethereal other self - her far away bird.
First of all; I've always found Theodora to be such an interesting character. How can a woman, a prostitute no less, become such an important figure in history? About this time last year I read my first historical fiction about Theodora (Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore by Stella Duffy) and I did enjoy it, but still... This one was better. I liked Theodora and understood ...more
The best historical novels breathe life into an era that’s been rendered two-dimensional by time, making the world blossom around the reader in full color. Not only does Douglas A. Burton excel in that regard, immersing the reader in sixth-century Constantinople in a way that feels warm, vibrant, and authentic--a feast for all the senses--he also brings to life a compelling, sympathetic, and entirely relatable human being in his rendition of the girl who grew up to become Empress Theodora.
His forthcoming novel, 'Far Away Bird,' which centers on the early life of Byzantine Empress Theodora, was nominated as a finalist for Book of the Year in historical fiction and Best Debut Novel for historical fiction 2019 by the Coffee Pot Book ...more