New York: Pocket Books, Inc., 1968. Tenth Printing. Paperback. Used - Good. Red edge stain. Toned. Clean and unmarked. Original card stock wraps have some wear; bottom corner of rear is worn and slightly frayed. Creasing to bottom corner of front wrap and top corners of prelimary pages. Closed tear to front hinge of spine tail, and to top edge of back cover, both repaired with book tape. 10.5 x 16 cm. 374 pp. Item #14423
In this ambitious, ingenious narrative, celebrated historical novelist Mary Renault take legendary hero Theseus and spins his myth into a fast-paced and exciting story.
Renault starts with Theseus' early years, showing how the mystery of his father's identity and his small stature breed the insecurities that spur his youthful hijinx. As he moves on to Eleusis, Athens, and Crete, his playfulness and fondness for pranks matures into the courage to attempt singular heroic feats, the gallantry and leadership he was known for on the battlefield, and the bold-hearted ingenuity he shows in navigating the labyrinth and slaying the Minotaur. In what is perhaps the most inventive of all her novels of Ancient Greece, Renault casts Theseus in a surprisingly original pose; she teases the flawed human out of the bronze hero, and draws the plausible out of the fantastic.