Saturday 6 May 2017

This week's Book of the Week is Colm Tóibín's House of Names. In retelling the legendary clusters surrounding Clytemnestra, Orestes, Electra and Iphigenia, Tóibín re-evaluates received notions, reassesses characters and motivations, and gives these ancient Greeks and their stories a vitality and urgency that speak directly to the modern reader.

>> Read Stella's review

>> Toibin "endows Clytemnestra with a hybrid voice that sounds both strangely modern and ancient."

>> "He loves long nights, sing-songs and money but is deadly serious about his writing."

>> Toibin and cat

>> The Oresteia

>> Some other recent novels reclaiming viewpoints of suppressed or vilified female characters. 
Bright Black Air by David Vann (Medea, Jason) 
The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes (Oedipus, Antigone)

- The Story of Antigone by Ali Smith 

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