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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 more he takes up the outcast's mantle....

Title : the flowers of adonis
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ISBN : 35391512
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 383 Pages
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the flowers of adonis Reviews

  • Marquise
    2018-11-18 23:32

    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'm not the first one to remark on this, but I trust those who read the respective series by mesdames McCullough and Dunnett will get where I'm coming from.Sadly, Rosemary Sutcliff fell short of the task. We only get glimpses of the brilliant bastard that Alcibiades was, and always through the eyes of others. I don't believe the choice of first person POV for the narration was necessarily a bad one from the get-go, but what made it bad eventually was the handling and distribution of the narrators. There are just too many narrators instead of just a select few to follow Alcibiades wherever he goes, and there's always more than one narrating in the same single chapter. The result is that one narrator, say the Seaman (Alcibiades' pilot and right hand man in the fleet), goes for a few paragraphs and then departs abruptly, giving way for the next narrator, say the Soldier (someone in Alcibiades' troops), or the Citizen, or the Queen, or the Satrap, or the Whore . . . It ends up being so disjointed, as if the narrators are interrupting each other. If Sutcliff wanted several narrators, she could've had them but giving each their own chapter and not grouping them tight like sardines in a can. It's not a bad idea to never give the protagonist a POV either (Alcibiades never has one in this novel), but one should be careful so as to not make the character so distant that he's unrelatable, or that the gushing adoration of the POVs that narrate his comings and goings don't read repellently biased that it reads more like fangirling.The style of storytelling and the writing itself don't do Alcibiades' story justice, either. It doesn't come off as interesting, and the narrators lack a distinctive individual "voice," so there's no polyphony here; all of them sound the same on the page regardless of who the headline on each paragraph break says is speaking, man or woman. That's a very flat characterisation.

  • D Murgatroyd
    2018-11-26 20:22

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

  • Deedee
    2018-11-22 01:30

    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.)

  • Deirdre
    2018-11-29 01:16

    Certainly a book of another time about another time...I 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.

  • scarlettraces
    2018-12-12 18:39

    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.)

  • Gregg
    2018-11-19 20:24

    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

  • Diane Cranson
    2018-12-05 01:27

    Loved the book. Again.

  • Margaret
    2018-11-23 22:36

    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.

  • imngrer
    2018-12-06 19:14

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

  • Margareth8537
    2018-12-10 19:20

    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

  • Helen
    2018-12-03 19:35

    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.