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The Last of the Wine (1956)

– tekijä: Mary Renault

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1,416199,593 (4.11)41
New York Times bestseller: A "highly superior historical novel" about the bond that grows between two men in ancient Athens (Saturday Review). Alexias is a young aristocrat living during the end of Athens's Golden Age. Prized for his beauty and athletic prowess, Alexias studies under Sokrates with his closest friend, Lysis. Together, the young men come of age in an Athens on the verge of great upheaval. They attend the Olympics, partake in symposia, fight on the battlefields of the Peloponnesian War, and fall in love. The first of Mary Renault's celebrated historical novels of ancient Greece, The Last of the Wine follows Alexias and Lysis into adulthood, when Athens is defeated by Sparta, the Thirty Tyrants take hold of the city, and the lives of both men are changed forever. Through their friendship, Renault opens a vista onto ancient Greek life, uncovering its vibrancy, culture, and political strife, and offers an unforgettable story of love, honor, loyalty, and the remarkable bond between two men. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary Renault including rare images of the author. "Mary Renault is a shining light to both historical novelists and their readers. She does not pretend the past is like the present, or that the people of ancient Greece were just like us. She shows us their strangeness; discerning, sure-footed, challenging our values, piquing our curiosity, she leads us through an alien landscape that moves and delights us." --Hilary Mantel… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 19) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
This was her first historical novel, a story of the ancient Greeks, following 6 popular contemporary romances.

(See "The Middle Mist" for online resources on Renault.) ( )
  librisissimo | Mar 19, 2021 |
I was amazed by Mary Renault's Theseus series and The Charioteer because of how skillfully she crafted detailed historical fiction from little more than an ancient myth and a philosophical allegory. But for whatever reason this did not pull me in as much as those books did. The way the dialogue was formatted made it hard to follow and the chapters near the end that addressed the Peloponnesian war seemed rushed. I suspect if I had a better understanding of the time period and the historical characters – particularly Sokrates and Plato – I would have enjoyed this more than I did. ( )
  wandaly | Aug 11, 2020 |
I again believe that Mary R. has put herself very well in the shoes of a male protag. in his own cultural context. The thoughts are not pretty, but they are realistic for the time period. And she certainly makes one think. If my writing is ever able to achieve this, I will be content.

In Service to Community Cooperation,

Shira Destinie Jones Landrac
William-James-MEOW-Date: Tuesday, July 31. 12014 H.E. (Holocene Era)

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  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
I again believe that Mary R. has put herself very well in the shoes of a male protag. in his own cultural context. The thoughts are not pretty, but they are realistic for the time period. And she certainly makes one think. If my writing is ever able to achieve this, I will be content.

In Service to Community Cooperation,

Shira Destinie Jones Landrac
William-James-MEOW-Date: Tuesday, July 31. 12014 H.E. (Holocene Era)

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  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
Later edit 29th of Oct, 2018: I said in my review there is no sex in this book, but I have to scratch that. After a 24 hours debate (literally) with Teal and Moony we got to the conclusion this book contains one of the greatest sex scenes ever written in history, you just have to look beyond the symbolism. A Masters thesis could be written from the sentence analysis we did, lol. Thanks to Teal for opening our eyes to see it.

“I saw death come for you, and I had no philosophy.”

If you came for an easy read, I bid you to find some other book. This book will rip your heart apart from the first paragraph, and will continue its sweet, beautiful torture till the end. It will leave an emptiness inside you and a longing for something I still cannot put my finger on what it is.
I can’t remember ever reading a book where grief and death were such a big part of it. At times I couldn’t bear it anymore and had to take a break from reading.

"When I was a young boy, if I was sick or in trouble, or had been beaten at school, I used to remember that on the day I was born my father had wanted to kill me."

We see everything through the eyes of Alexias, a man who as a boy would have been killed by his father for being born too early and too small, if not for his mother.

We see him fight under the famous Alkibiades, befriend historical figures like Socrates, Plato, Phedon and Xenophon, almost lose his life in one of the harshest historical defeaths the Athenians have ever endured during the Peloponnesian wars, and suffer under the siege the Spartans lay to Athens in the year before Athens became a vassal state to Sparta. We see him grow into a man and fall in love with Lysis.


“Everything is change; and you cannot step twice into the same river.”

We see him take hard decisions that we can’t even comprehend today.

“Go in peace," I said to him; "bear no ill-will to me, for Necessity yields to no man: and do not complain of me to our mother, for her blood is on your head as well as mine.
If the gods had not forbidden it, my brother, I would put you to sleep before I left you, for night comes on; this is an empty place, and the clouds look dark upon the mountains.
But the blood of kindred is not to be washed away; and when a man has once felt the breath of the Honoured Ones upon his neck, he will not bid them across the threshold. So forgive me, and suffer what must be. The clouds are heavy; if the gods love you, before morning there will be snow.”



"As the gods hear me, Alexias, your good shall be mine, and your honor shall be like my own to me; and I will stand to it with my life."

If you are a lover of Ancient Greece, philosophy, Olympic games, mythology and the Peloponnesian War, if you are a lover of classic literature so well written and documented it gives you the impression the author was an immortal who had lived in that era, if you are a lover of complex characters, honor, and love of the “good and beautiful”, then read this book asap, if you haven't already done so.

Don't read it if you are interested only in M/M love, or hot sex (there is none) because the focus is far beyond that and you will be disappointed. And if I see any reviews with "I'm dropping this because there is no sex" I'm gonna be very heartbroken.

This book has easily entered my top 10 favorite books, right between Henryk Sienkiewicz “Trilogy”& “Qvo Vadis”, Madeline Miller’s “Song of Achilles” and Eiji Yoshikawa’s “Musashi”. For me, this was better than “Qvo Vadis”, “Song of Achilles” and “Musashi”. Nothing still beats the “Trilogy” though.

“It is said, ‘If Fate were moved by tears, men would offer gold to buy them.”

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  XiaXiaLake | Jan 16, 2019 |
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Why do I argue with a man who thinks whatever will earn him his freedom in two years? He can think what he likes then. It seems I can be more just than Midas, not because I am good, but because I am free.
the good must first be wrought with toil out of a man's own self, like the statue from the block.
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New York Times bestseller: A "highly superior historical novel" about the bond that grows between two men in ancient Athens (Saturday Review). Alexias is a young aristocrat living during the end of Athens's Golden Age. Prized for his beauty and athletic prowess, Alexias studies under Sokrates with his closest friend, Lysis. Together, the young men come of age in an Athens on the verge of great upheaval. They attend the Olympics, partake in symposia, fight on the battlefields of the Peloponnesian War, and fall in love. The first of Mary Renault's celebrated historical novels of ancient Greece, The Last of the Wine follows Alexias and Lysis into adulthood, when Athens is defeated by Sparta, the Thirty Tyrants take hold of the city, and the lives of both men are changed forever. Through their friendship, Renault opens a vista onto ancient Greek life, uncovering its vibrancy, culture, and political strife, and offers an unforgettable story of love, honor, loyalty, and the remarkable bond between two men. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary Renault including rare images of the author. "Mary Renault is a shining light to both historical novelists and their readers. She does not pretend the past is like the present, or that the people of ancient Greece were just like us. She shows us their strangeness; discerning, sure-footed, challenging our values, piquing our curiosity, she leads us through an alien landscape that moves and delights us." --Hilary Mantel

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