House of Names

House of Names

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Tóibín brings a modern sensibility and language to an ancient classic, and gives this extraordinary character new life, so that readers not only believe Clytemnestra's thirst for revenge, but applaud it. He inhabits the mind of one of Greek myth's most powerful villains to reveal the love, lust, and pain she feels. Told in four parts, this is a 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's 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: New York : Scribner, 2017
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501140211
1501140213
Branch Call Number: TOIBIN, C
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 22 cm

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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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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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