House of Names

House of Names

Large Print - 2017
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A retelling of the story of Clytemnestra. Told in fours parts, this is a fiercely dramatic portrait of a murderess, who will herself be murdered by her own son, Orestes. It is Orestes story, too: his capture by the forces of his mother's lover Aegisthus, his escape and his exile. And it is the story of the vengeful Electra, who watches over her mother and Aegisthus with cold anger and slow calculation, until, on the return of her brother, she has the fates of both of them in her hands.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition
ISBN: 9781683243946
1683243943
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 359 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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A thrilling retelling of one of our favourite stories/myths of Greek classical literature: the Oresteia.

A thrilling retelling of one of my favourite stories/myths of Greek classical literature

Readers who enjoy classically-inspired fiction such as The Golden Mean, may also like this retelling of the Greek myth of Agememnon by Irish writer Colm Toibin.

In his latest novel, Toibin updates the ancient Greek play cycle about the fall of the House of Atreus. The story is told from the points of view of Clytemnestra, Electra, and Orestes.

Clytemnestra plots the murder of her husband King Agamemnon after he sacrifices their daughter Iphigenia to the Trojan War.


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rlar31
Jan 22, 2018

First rate, another hit for Mr. T.

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finn75
Jan 05, 2018

You do not have to be familiar with Greek mythology to enjoy this book. It explores the motivations and experiences of individual family members after the sacrifice of one of their own to the Gods. Betrayal, murder and love. It is all here in this book.

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FVReader
Nov 18, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I'm not familiar with the original legend. This story is full of revenge, deception, murders, isolation. It all blends together for an intriguing story.
The character of Clytemnestra was the strongest portrayed. At first, her motivations seemed fueled in revenge & rage. But then........
The ancient Gods are waning in power, the World is new again; the ways unknown.
A fun story and well told.

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Highlandpatty
Oct 26, 2017

An amazing beginning, a good concept, a disappointing conclusion. Why does Toibin continue to disappoint?

Nicr Aug 06, 2017

The ancient story of Clytemnestra, as told by the exultant, avenging murderess herself. Bloody, eloquent and strange.

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Candaceb108
May 16, 2017

A wonderful book, Colm Toibin has a way of writing that immediately draws you in. In what seems like a moment you are a hundred pages in and living his words.

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becker
Apr 19, 2017

A modern retelling of an ancient Greek Classic. A story filled with tragedy and revenge. What's not to like? I really enjoyed this.

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