- By Rosemary Sutcliff

The Flowers of Adonis

  • Title: The Flowers of Adonis
  • Author: Rosemary Sutcliff
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Flowers of Adonis The th Century BC The Greek city states are engaged in perpetual war But one man towers above the chaos His name is Alkibiades He is at once a pirate statesman and seducer whose adventures rival tho

    The 5th Century BC The Greek city states are engaged in perpetual war But one man towers above the chaos His name is Alkibiades He is at once a pirate, statesman and seducer whose adventures rival those of Odysseus himself.Citizen of Athens, friend of Socrates, sailor, warrior and inveterate lover, Alkibiades flees persecution in his native city to join the Spartan cauThe 5th Century BC The Greek city states are engaged in perpetual war But one man towers above the chaos His name is Alkibiades He is at once a pirate, statesman and seducer whose adventures rival those of Odysseus himself.Citizen of Athens, friend of Socrates, sailor, warrior and inveterate lover, Alkibiades flees persecution in his native city to join the Spartan cause However, his brilliant naval and diplomatic victories on their behalf do not save him from the consequences of impregnating the Spartan queen, and once he takes up the outcast s mantle.

    1 thought on “The Flowers of Adonis

    1. Hmph! 3.5 stars is looking a bit generous for this letdown of a book. The protagonist being Alcibiades of Athens, I had come to hope for an engrossing novel given what's known of his life from historical sources. A life that was anything but dull, or, gods forbid, peaceful and bland. Just read what good old Thucydides had to say about the man in his chronicle of the Peloponnesian War, and you'll be forgiven for expecting a cross between Lucius Sulla and Francis Crawford of Lymond. Yes, I know I' [...]

    2. A book you could put down - frequently! Nevertheless, I now have a lot clearer perspective of the Peloponnesian wars.

    3. Based on the life of Alcibiades (born 450 B.C. died 404 B.C.). Fails the Bechdel test.(The Bechdel test asks if a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added.)

    4. Certainly a book of another time about another timeI found it slow in some spots and ate through other spots. I do enjoy Sutcliffe's writing. I really didn't mind the multiple-narrators trope. I found it bleak and vivid and tragic, which was probs Sutcliffe's goal.

    5. They don't write books like this any more. (I'm not even sure they wrote books like this then.) Recommended if you can deal with the style (Sutcliff is Sutcliff, whether she's tackling Roman Britain or golden age Greece.) Although there were a few places where I winced (any sexy moments, mostly), it's rapturous, visceral writing that takes you nose-down into the landscape and I liked it a lot.(Also, Alcibiades = Lymond. No question.)

    6. I read this when in my teens. I remember thinking what a great story it tells. The switching I found easy to keep up with so may be an individuals problem rather than a real issue.Severely recommend this book

    7. I had forgotten that I had read this many years ago as a child.I had also forgotten that the swapping of the narrative viewpoint had annoyed the hell out of me even then.

    8. The story of Alcibiades. There areb't many of those. I absolutely adored this book when I read it many years ago.

    9. I found this difficult at first as I was used to Rosemary Sutcliff as a writer for children.Once I got used to that I thoroughly enjoyed the book - as I enjoy Mary Renault

    10. This one is very different from her other novels. The switching view points make this rather hard to read but it is worth it in the end. It is very sad.

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