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Ariadne: A Novel – tekijä: Jennifer Saint

Ariadne: A Novel (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Jennifer Saint (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:Ariadne: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Jennifer Saint (Tekijä)
Info:Flatiron Books (2021), 320 pages
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Ariadne: A Novel (tekijä: Jennifer Saint)


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Saw this being promoted, liked the cover and thought it would be a good read. This retelling of Ariadne gives voice to a the young women betrayed by Theseus and eventually becoming the wife of Dionysus (this is mythology so I don't really think this qualifies as a spoiler). Why did she help Theseus? Was she happy being with the wife of a god? Was her ultimate fate in any way justice or retaliation? What of her sister Phaedra and her betrayal?

As a concept this was interesting, but overall it felt like it wasn't quite what the marketing made it to be (I didn't know Phaedra would be in this book that's titled 'Ariadne' so much) and overall as a retelling it felt really dull. Although my familiarity with the Greek mythology what I remember from school, this didn't feel like a particularly compelling story.

Which is a pity because there was certainly much to work with. But overall it felt like the book wasn't quite "ready" (maybe the title should have been different if Phaedra was going to figure so prominently). It's not that Phaedra should have not been given mention at all, considering how their stories are tied together but the book didn't quite match the execution.

If you're into mythological retellings that stick to the basic story aren't trying to move this into the modern era or whatever, then maybe this could be for you. Overall I'd say this was skippable but I borrowed it from the library so I can't really complain.

Would recommend this as a borrow, not a purchase. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Jun 14, 2021 |
Much like Madeline Miller's "Circe", "Ariadne" takes on the story of a well-known male hero's consort, and retells it from her point of view. The famous hero is Theseus, who killed the Minotaur and escaped from the Labyrinth with the help of King Minos' daughter Ariadne, only for her to be abandoned by him. Phaedra, Adriadne's younger sister, tells her story as well. It is an intelligent rethinking of the famous myths which include Dionysis, King Minos, Theseus, Hippolytus, Phaedra and Ariadne, and a sympathetic reinterpretation of the females in these stories. ( )
  Marse | Jun 7, 2021 |
I've been hankering for something to whet my appetite while I wait for Madeleine Miller to cook up a new Greek re-telling and Ariadne fit the bill. Like Circe I knew hardly anything about the mythology surrounding Ariadne, even though I knew all about her supporting cast of characters (King Minos, the Minotaur, Zeus, Hera, Dionysus, etc). Ariadne is the daughter of Kind Minos and older sister to the Minotaur. She dreams about one day leaving the kingdom, away from her tyrant father and monster brother. She always imagines that her beloved sister, Phaedra, will accompany her. When Theseus is brought from Athens to Crete to be sacrificed to the Minotaur, Ariadne has no idea how much her life is about to change. She is determined to be the master of her own destiny - no matter what the gods cook up for her. Compelling, fascinating, and wonderful. More please! ( )
  ecataldi | May 26, 2021 |
I loved Madeline Miller's mythic retellings, Song of Achilles and Circe,> and Pat Barker's Trojan War rendition, The Silence of the Girls,' so I snapped up Ariadne as soon as I saw it. While it didn't quite equal the others for me, I did enjoy it. Ariadne is the daughter of the cruel King Minos of Crete and granddaughter of Helios, the sun god. She also has two siblings well known in myth, her sister Phaedra and her half brother, a monster called the Minotaur, who lives in a labyrinth designed by the inventor Daedalus. Defeated by Minos, the Athenians are required to send a tribute of seven young girls and seven young boys annually to be sacrificed to the Minotaur. The novel begins when a ship carrying the sacrificial victims, including Prince Theseus, arrives.

If you've read mythology, you probably think of Theseus as a great hero, but Jennifer Saint depicts him in quite a different manner. I won't go into details, because that would spoil some of the novel's best surprises. Suffice it to say that he's quite an opportunist, a manipulator, and a chauvinist, and their interactions with him define both Ariadne's and Phaedra's ultimate fates.

But this is primarily Ariadne's story and she is the narrator of it. Saint does a fine job of showing us her maturing from an infatuated teenager to a loved but somewhat paranoid wife and adoring mother. What stands out in her tale is her growing understanding of the relationships between humans and gods--their similarities, their differences, their love for and mistrust of one another.
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  Cariola | May 24, 2021 |
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