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The King Must Die: A Novel de Mary Renault
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The King Must Die: A Novel (1958 original; edició 1988)

de Mary Renault

Sèrie: Theseus Myth (1)

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New York Times Bestseller: This retelling of the Greek myth of Theseus, king of Athens, is "one of the truly fine historical novels of modern times" (The New York Times).   In myth, Theseus was the slayer of the child-devouring Minotaur in Crete. What the founder-hero might have been in real life is another question, brilliantly explored in The King Must Die. Drawing on modern scholarship and archaeological findings at Knossos, Mary Renault's Theseus is an utterly lifelike figure--a king of immense charisma, whose boundless strivings flow from strength and weakness--but also one steered by implacable prophecy. The story follows Theseus's adventures from Troizen to Eleusis, where the death in the book's title is to take place, and from Athens to Crete, where he learns to jump bulls and is named king of the victims. Richly imbued with the spirit of its time, this is a page-turner as well as a daring act of imagination. Renault's story of Theseus continues with the sequel The Bull from the Sea. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary Renault including rare images of the author.… (més)
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Títol:The King Must Die: A Novel
Autors:Mary Renault
Informació:Vintage Books (1988), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 338 pages
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The King Must Die de Mary Renault (1958)

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    Odissea de Homer (alalba)
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  6. 00
    Els Jocs de la Fam de Suzanne Collins (sturlington)
    sturlington: The tributes of the bull dancers are similar to the tributes to the Hunger Games and Collins has said she was inspired by the Theseus myth.
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    Goddess of Yesterday de Caroline B. Cooney (cmbohn)
    cmbohn: Another look at ancient culture and their relationship with the gods.
  8. 12
    The Mists of Avalon de Marion Zimmer Bradley (krasiviye.slova)
    krasiviye.slova: Similar decline and fall of the matriarchy theme, with different spins.
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Unfortunately “The King Must Die” was a disappointment. I was expecting something more like [a:David Gemmell|11586|David Gemmell|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1202771023p2/11586.jpg]’s epic re-imagination of the fall of Troy; a masterpiece recast of a legendary myth.

Part of the novel’s problem lies with its one-man cast. Theseus is neither a conflicted nor complex hero -- he’s emotionally detached, a little bit narcissistic and adheres to a strict moral code, but not in the interesting “Dexter” way. The story really suffers from the first person POV and, perhaps, could have been stronger with the addition of other characters.

The second problem was the slow-moving plot-line -- things only spiced up after the half-way point of the book! Although, the first part was necessary to explain Theseus’ actions in Crete, it was a boring necessity. And even when the plot picked up some pace, it spluttered into a halt, never really reaching a climax.

However, “The King Must Die” is not an overall failure. Moments where the myth shines through -- the Minotaur, the string, Ariadne’s fate -- were imaginative and inspirational. ( )
  meerapatel | Dec 29, 2020 |
He wrestles, he sings,
dances with bulls, saves the girl!
Tad forgetful, though. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
historical, Greece ( )
  librarygoodman | Jan 12, 2020 |
This was a formative book in my childhood- if you count Junior High as Childhood. How wonderful to have protagonists who are young. How wonderful to read about people who accept that the gods are real and have them respond when addressed. Was this the earliest of the historical fictions I read? I don't know, but I've never stopped. And also read every other Mary Renault book. ( )
  Tchipakkan | Dec 26, 2019 |
A man is at his youngest when he thinks he is a man, not yet realizing that his actions must show it.

Theseus grows up as the youngest in the royal House of Troizen, but as much as he loves his mother, he is from an early age interested in the identify of his father that is very much a mystery. He thinks, and hopes, that he is a son of Poseidon, but when he is sixteen years of age; his mother explains that in order to learn his father's identity and take on the role as his heir, he must remove a stone by himself to reveal the items hidden underneath.

The knowledge about his father's identity is so much more than just a father, it is the start of an adventure that in time will become one of the most beloved and praised myths in all the Greek world. This is the story of Theseus, the bull-dancer.

I'll admit. I'm extremely torn when it comes to Renault. Her writing is poetic and she truly manages to capture not just the story but the overall setting. I often forget not only that it's not a "non-fiction" myth but also that I'm not actually in ancient Greece. That being said, it's hard to enjoy the characters... or at least her protagonists. Theseus is interesting but he's ridiculously prideful and quite... awful.

So, while it's a fun read regarding the myths of Theseus and the ancient world itself... it's hard to enjoy it as much as I'd want to. It's good knowledge, and was very nice to read while playing Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, in the way of archaeology and getting into the mindset of pre-historical Greece but man, it's hard to enjoy as a story. It's hard to care for a man who literally can't handle a society where women are in charge and rants about how oppressed the men are (to be fair, it's not equal, but considering Athenian women barely had any social status or worth on their own.... it's hard to compare).... and decided to take it into his own hands to make sure men are the rulers and women are well, nothing.

It's good and it's not so good. But in my experience, that is usually the way it is with ancient Greek history and myths. In that way, Renault's work is a masterpiece that truly makes you forget it's written in 1955, or during historical time at all. ( )
1 vota autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
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Renault comes up with many ingenious and plausible solutions to the riddles posed by trying to place the legends into a historical context.

You’ll find excitement and beauty, philosophy and action, danger and fulfillment — all the very best qualities of a myth retold.
afegit per elenchus | editaEmerald City Book Review (Mar 15, 2017)
 
afegit per Shortride | editaThe New York Times, William du Bois (Web de pagament) (Jul 14, 1958)
 
A novel to be read with pleasure and great excitement.
 

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But it is death for men to spy on women's mysteries.
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New York Times Bestseller: This retelling of the Greek myth of Theseus, king of Athens, is "one of the truly fine historical novels of modern times" (The New York Times).   In myth, Theseus was the slayer of the child-devouring Minotaur in Crete. What the founder-hero might have been in real life is another question, brilliantly explored in The King Must Die. Drawing on modern scholarship and archaeological findings at Knossos, Mary Renault's Theseus is an utterly lifelike figure--a king of immense charisma, whose boundless strivings flow from strength and weakness--but also one steered by implacable prophecy. The story follows Theseus's adventures from Troizen to Eleusis, where the death in the book's title is to take place, and from Athens to Crete, where he learns to jump bulls and is named king of the victims. Richly imbued with the spirit of its time, this is a page-turner as well as a daring act of imagination. Renault's story of Theseus continues with the sequel The Bull from the Sea. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary Renault including rare images of the author.

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