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Home Mary Renault The Bull From the Sea: A Novel. Then I saw the staring people, not greeting us, but calling each other to see the Cretan strangers

Home Mary Renault The Bull From the Sea: A Novel. The bull from the sea . .The Bull From the Sea: A Novel, . Then I saw the staring people, not greeting us, but calling each other to see the Cretan strangers. I looked at my team, the boys and girls of Athens’ tribute, carried to Crete to learn the bull-vault and dance for Minotauros on bloody sand. They showed me myself, as I must look to Attic eyes: a bull-dancer of Crete, smooth-shaven, fined down to a whiplash by the training; my waist in a gilded cinch-belt, my silk kilt stitched with peacock eyes, my lids still smudged with kohl; nothing Hellene about me, but my flaxen hair.

The Bull from the Sea is the sequel to Mary Renault's The King Must Die. It continues the story of the mythological hero Theseus after his return from Crete. The story is a retelling of the life of mythological hero Theseus after his return from the Minoan palace of Knossos. The novel follows his later quests, his friendship with Pirithoos, and his liaison with Hippolyta and marriage to Phaedra.

Book 2 of this retelling and interpretation of the Theseus myth carries on immediately after his return from Crete and the suicide of his father, who thought he had been killed.

Mary Renault’s The Bull from the Sea takes up where The King Must Die left off and continues the legendary story of Theseus and his kingship of Attica. There are some differences between this volume and its predecessor, most notably in the fact that the scope of this tale is much broader. Book 2 of this retelling and interpretation of the Theseus myth carries on immediately after his return from Crete and the suicide of his father, who thought he had been killed. Theseus has to get to grips with the various problems inherent on taking over as king, some of which have been caused by his father's reluctance to deal with a powerful sadistic local chieftain (the mythological Procrustes).

THE BULL FROM THE SEA by Mary Renault. I. It was dolphin weather, when I sailed into Piraeus with my comrades of the Cretan bull ring. Knossos had fallen, which time out of mind had ruled the seas. The smoke of the burning Labyrinth still clung to our clothes and hair. I sprung ashore and grasped both hands full of Attic earth.

It enjoined him not to untie his wineskin till he reached home again, or he would die one day of grief

It enjoined him not to untie his wineskin till he reached home again, or he would die one day of grief able birth was portended, led Aigeus while drunk to the bed of his daughter Aithra. Later in the same night, she was commanded in a dream to wade over to the island shrine of Athene, where Poseidon also lay with her. When Aigeus awoke he left his sword and sandals under an altar of Zeus, telling Aithra, if a son was born, to send him to Athens as soon as he could lift the stone.

A Biography of Mary Renault. IT WAS DOLPHIN WEATHER, when I sailed into Piraeus with my comrades of the Cretan bull ring

A Biography of Mary Renault. It stuck to my palms as if it loved me.

Mary Renault is a shining light to both historical novelists and their readers. She does not pretend the past is like the present, or that the people of ancient Greece were just like us. She shows us their strangeness; discerning, sure-footed, challenging our values, piquing our curiosity, she leads us through an alien landscape that moves and delights us. -Hilary Mantel. In The Bull from the Sea, the story of Theseus resumes with the hero’s return from Knossos. In the wake of his father’s suicide, Athens is now Theseus’s to rule.

THE BULL FROM THE SEA by Mary Renault MARATHON I It was dolphin weather, when I sailed into Piraeus with my comrades of the Cretan bull ring.

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Anyone familiar with Mary Renault's superb writing, recreating mystical people from legend into real characters, and in all her books, including one at a time just after World War II in an.Bull from the Sea" is a superbly written novel.

Anyone familiar with Mary Renault's superb writing, recreating mystical people from legend into real characters, and in all her books, including one at a time just after World War II in an English hospital, handles sexual subjects (it's told in first person by a man who is gay, she handles both violence and sexual matters with a great deal of finesse -. never graphic, but you sure know what's "going on" in the minds of the characters. One person found this helpful.

Bringing Greek mythology vividly to life, The King Must Die and its sequel, The Bull from the Sea, tell the amazing adventures of Theseus, famous for slaying the Minotaur, defeating the Amazons and rescuing Persephone from the underworld.
Cel
the second of a pair of novels personalizing the life story of Theseus, the legendary founder of Athens, as told by the hero himself - read first The King Must Die, it strongly puts the reader into the world and mindset of pre-Classical Greece - the novel "unpacks" the myth of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth, and gives the tale of how it must have happened. The Bull From the Sea is the latter years of Theseus, how he founded the nation-state of Athens, made an Amazon his Queen, encountered the accursed Oedipus, lived as a pirate, and went to Hell and back - the ancient gods seem silly to us now, but once they were the guides and oracles of the progenitors of democracy, and they live again in the visions of these characters. I loved this duology, though Bull from the Sea is more elegiac - hey, a life has an arc, right? Worthy writing, good reading, evocative and spellbinding in a literate, immediate, and thoroughly compelling style.
Ubrise
This is the continuation of the story of Theseus beginning with his return to Athens and his assumption of the kingship following the death of his father. Of the two books, this is the more poignant, because Theseus is no longer the young, invincible hero. He is aging, and as with all aging heroes reality begins to take its toll. I found his relationship with this own son, Hippolytos, to be particularly powerful in its universality. Renault is a fabulous writer. She managed to flesh out a three thousand year old myth and to give it timeless applicabilty, a quality only really achieved in the great tragedies. I highly recommend this to any fan of ancient myths who hasn't already read it.
MrDog
Why all the questions about sex and violence for this book? Anyone familiar with Mary Renault's superb writing, recreating mystical people from legend into real characters, and in all her books, including one at a time just after World War II in an English hospital, handles sexual subjects (it's told in first person by a man who is gay, she handles both violence and sexual matters with a great deal of finesse - never graphic, but you sure know what's "going on" in the minds of the characters. "Bull from the Sea" is a superbly written novel.
Gholbimand
Wonderful follow up to "The King Must Die" also by this author. Really allows you to feel like you're in a world so different from ours but with the foundations of our own world visible.
Iraraeal
Mary Renault's historical fiction is probably the most immediate and compelling I've ever read. Her intimacy with the details of period allows her to make her characters incredibly immediate and yet convincingly alien. NB, though, her novels tend towards engaging and complex rather than fun and easy reads. The Bull from the Sea is a great one to start with, since it takes a fairly familiar myth as its jumping off point and doesn't expect much knowledge of Attic history or military tactics.
Yggfyn
This book completes Mary Renault's rendering of the story of Theseus, now as a mature man and King of the unified city-states of Greece well before the Trojan War. The book takes a much more introspective tone than the previous book---The King Must Die---and reflects the frustrations any great leader must face when dealing with the tides of history, the forces of love and sorrow, the machinations of others and the inimitable power of the gods. The last sentence of the book is the most perfect ending ever.
Boraston
A fantastic depiction of the time & place, the possible explanation of events and motives. Totally believable treatment of the myth. Wonderfully well written.
This is a marvelous book, one of two that made Mary Renault's reputation as a peerless writer of historical fiction. I read it first more than forty years ago and returned to it, along with its predecessor, The King Must Die, with a twinge of worry that they wouldn't live up to my recollections. They are as convincing today as when they were written.
Bull from the Sea ebook
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Mary Renault
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