Electra

Electra Treece s Electra reveals than 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

  • Title: Electra
  • Author: Henry Treece
  • ISBN: 9780722185780
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Treece s Electra reveals than 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 .

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    About “Henry Treece

    • Henry Treece

      Henry Treece 22 December 1911 10 June 1966 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.

    783 thoughts on “Electra

    • 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 in Mycenae. I appreciated the author's omitting the details of the Trojan War; I feel it's already covered enough in [...]


    • 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 and descriptive stuff.It's been awhile since I've read Sophocles and Euripides, so I'm not sure where Treece m [...]


    • 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 almost got Troy fatigue from the slew of Troy based novels I’ve been reading recently. Treece instead f [...]


    • 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 violent tale, set convincingly in a richly described Greece, culminating with the overthrow of [...]


    • 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 those events in novel form. It may not clarify all the details for you and you may not even agree wi [...]


    • "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 Graves' lead in unearthing older myths within the classical versions we know. He then matches that wit [...]


    • 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 this was written have contained archaelogical advances that pretty much rendered his "h [...]


    • 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 queen but ends in obscurity, betrayed by her surviving sister, branded as a subject a [...]


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