Arcadian Nights by John Spurling audiobook

Arcadian Nights: The Greek Myths Reimagined

By John Spurling
Read by  John Lee

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The vibrant retelling of the central Greek myths by acclaimed novelist John Spurling, author of The Ten Thousand Things, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction The classical Greek intellectual tradition pervades nearly every aspect of our modern Western civilization. Our logic and science, our philosophy, politics, literature, architecture, and art are all indebted to the ancient inhabitants of the small mountainous Mediterranean country. And the powerful myths of the Greeks, refined by Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, and the great Greek dramatists, still resonate at the core of our culture. Taking as his starting point many of the famous tourist sites in the Peloponnese, where the stories are set, John Spurling freshly imagines key narratives from the Greek canon, including tales of the doomed house of Atreus (notably Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks at Troy, murdered by his wife in his palace bathroom); of the god Apollo; goddess Athene; Theseus, scourge of the Minotaur; the Twelve Labors of Heracles; and Perseus, rescuer of Andromeda. In this vibrant, gripping, and often grisly retelling of the Greek myths, stories of murder, power, revenge, love, and traumatic family relationships are made new again for our time with wit and relish by a gifted author. Spurling has added scene, dialogue, and context, while always staying true to the spirit of the original myth.

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Summary

Summary

The vibrant retelling of the central Greek myths by acclaimed novelist John Spurling, author of The Ten Thousand Things, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

The classical Greek intellectual tradition pervades nearly every aspect of our modern Western civilization. Our logic and science, our philosophy, politics, literature, architecture, and art are all indebted to the ancient inhabitants of the small mountainous Mediterranean country. And the powerful myths of the Greeks, refined by Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, and the great Greek dramatists, still resonate at the core of our culture.

Taking as his starting point many of the famous tourist sites in the Peloponnese, where the stories are set, John Spurling freshly imagines key narratives from the Greek canon, including tales of the doomed house of Atreus (notably Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks at Troy, murdered by his wife in his palace bathroom); of the god Apollo; goddess Athene; Theseus, scourge of the Minotaur; the Twelve Labors of Heracles; and Perseus, rescuer of Andromeda.

In this vibrant, gripping, and often grisly retelling of the Greek myths, stories of murder, power, revenge, love, and traumatic family relationships are made new again for our time with wit and relish by a gifted author. Spurling has added scene, dialogue, and context, while always staying true to the spirit of the original myth.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Rather than creating an immersive historical fiction narrative (as one might expect from an established author in the genre), Spurling instead adopts the habits of the most readable pop history—seamlessly interweaving personal and historical perspectives, discussing the people and events of prior ages as if they all led inexorably to the world of today…Arcadian Nights is good fun.” Historical Novels Society
“In Spurling’s hands myths intersect, intermingle, cross-fertilize, and emerge as unabashedly confident chronicles with their own unique traditions and personalities.” Bookanista.com

Reviews

Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
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If Ancient Greeks Were British

If it weren’t for the author stating in the Introduction that this book is for entertainment and not for reference, I would have lost my cool with this one. Spurling does peculiar things to these classic Greek myths, but it’s a stretch to call his versions a “reimagining.” At most, he overlays the stories with British wit, idioms, and general sensibilities. And he doesn’t demonstrate or even attempt to convey an ancient Grecian view of their world. The things that Spurling does that I find a little ridiculous include walking us forward through history for the sake of telling us what will happen through the millennia in a particular place, as well as pointing out and explaining implausibilities of some of the myths. They’re myths and don’t require such revisions.

With the overtly British overlay, the choice of casting John Lee is appropriate. His pacing is great, but his narration is too overly dramatic and theatrical. Not my cup of tea, but fans of Greek drama and Shakespearian-style theater in general will love it.

Author

Author Bio: John Spurling

Author Bio: John Spurling

John Spurling is the author of many novels and plays, including The Ten Thousand Things, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. His plays have been performed on stage, television, and radio, including at the National Theatre. He lives in London and Arcadia, Greece, with his wife, biographer Hilary Spurling.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English