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The Amber Princess Treece S Electra Revealsthan The Private Lives Of Electra And Agamemnon, Of Clytemnestra And Orestes Written From Electra S Point Of View, It Shows In Action The Many Forces Which Contributed At Last To The Downfall Of Mycenae S Brilliant Culture, And The Coming Of The Dorian Dark Age Which Was To Last For Five Hundred Years And



10 thoughts on “The Amber Princess

  1. says:

    WARNING Spoilery spoilers that spoil spoileringly. I like it when I approach a book with the suspicions a scalded cat approaches a pond, only to discover the water was good and it doesn t want to get out This book worked like that, because of the reviews that spoilt it for me that there d be huge deviations from the canonical story of Electra the House of Atreus as per Aesch


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    Wildly original and imaginative retelling of the Greek myth of Electra and the Fall of the House of Atreus I feel this version compares favorably with the ancient Greek dramas on this subject and with the Strauss von Hofmannsthal opera, Elektra The author has taken the bare bones of the myth and pressed his own stamp upon it He has concentrated on Agamemnon s family left behind i


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    The story of Electra and the unhappy House of Atreus is one of my favorites in all of Greek drama, and I wasn t sure if it could be portrayed so vividly outside of Richard Strauss opera and the original Greek plays But Treece took the standard storytelling technique of an old woman recounting her life to a passive listener here, a doctor and packed 280 pages full of highly emotional


  4. says:

    Electra has the feel of an epic, remarkably, even though it is a fairly short book It tells such an epic story, and populates it with characters of vivid personality and fallibility, shown through judiciously selected scenes of gripping drama Treece wisely doesn t bother re telling the Iliad, a tale that has been retold over and over in modern historical fiction so frequently that I ve


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    If you ve ever watched some of the classic Greek plays, particularly those surrounding the Trojan War, some of it may have been slightly confusing The dramatists assumed that most of the viewers knew the names of the characters and had a rough idea of the events The plays were to put those events in perspective or serve as a warning for future generations The Amber Princess is a retelling of


  6. says:

    More lesbianism and ritual prostitution than delicate stomachs are likely to accommodate , promises the review quote blazoned across the front cover but this is a 1963 edition, and to sensibilities forged after the beginning of sexual intercourse it s a book you d call haunting, strange, sensual, but hardly filthy Treece gives Electra s own account of the Atreides bloody end, taking Robert Grave


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    An old woman tells her story to a Hittite doctor in Dorian Dark Age Greece She claims to be Electra, daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, the last great Achaean rulers of Mycene Here at the close of the Greek Bronze Age are portraits of Helen and Paris, Odysseus and Achilles, Iphigeneia and Orestes, Electra and Pylades all as they might have been in reality Treece writes an imaginative, darkly vi


  8. says:

    After a recent foray into nonfiction about the late Bronze Age and the fall of civilizations, I went back to this novel, which I read many, many years ago and which I still remembered in pieces It s well written apparently Treece was a bit of a poet as well as a novelist but I think his shtick was to turn myth into history he does this with Oedipus and Jason as well and basically the four decades since


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    Grimly compelling the story of Electra, told by herself She recalls the horror of the sacrifice of her sister, Iphigenia, her mother, Clytemnestra s revenge upon Agamemnon for allowing the killing of his own child, the madness of her brother, Orestes the fall of Mycenae, and the coming of the Dorians She recalls the gentle eunuch slave who loved her, and her love of the man she marries A princess becomes a


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About the Author: Henry Treece

Henry Treece was a British poet and writer, who worked also as a teacher, and editor He is perhaps best remembered now as a historical novelist, particularly as a children s historical novelist, although he also wrote some adult historical novels.