House of Names: A Novel

By | October 30, 2017
House of Names: A Novel Author Colm Toibin
ISBN-10 1501140213
ISBN-13 9781501140211
Year 2017-05-09
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Scribner
Download Link Click Here

From the thrilling imagination of bestselling award winning Colm Tibn comes a retelling of the story of Clytemnestraspectacularly audacious violent vengeful lustful and instantly compellingand her children I have been acquainted with the smell of death So begins Clytemnestras tale of her own life in ancient Mycenae the legendary Greek city from which her husband King Agamemnon left when he set sail with his army for Troy Clytemnestra rules Mycenae now along with her new lover Aegisthus and together they plot the bloody murder of Agamemnon on the day of his return after nine years at war Judged despised cursed by gods she has long since lost faith in Clytemnestra reveals the tragic saga that led to these bloody actions how her husband deceived her eldest daughter Iphigeneia with a promise of marriage to Achilles only to sacrifice her because that is what he was told would make the winds blow in his favor and take him to Troy how she seduced and collaborated with the prisoner Aegisthus who shared her bed in the dark and could kill how Agamemnon came back with a lover himself and how Clytemnestra finally achieved her vengeance for his stunning betrayalhis quest for victory greater than his love for his child In House of Names Colm Tibn brings a modern sensibility and language to an ancient classic and gives this extraordinary character new life so that we not only believe Clytemnestras thirst for revenge but applaud it He brilliantly inhabits the mind of one of Greek myths most powerful villains to reveal the love lust and pain she feels Told in fours parts this is a fiercely dramatic portrait of a murderess who will herself be murdered by her own son Orestes It is Orestes story too his capture by the forces of his mothers lover Aegisthus his escape and his exile And it is the story of the vengeful Electra who watches over her mother and Aegisthus with cold anger and slow calculation until on the return of her brother she has the fates of both of them in her hands

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *