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The Last of the Wine

READ ✓ The Last of the Wine N Lysis näherkommt Die Liebe und Freundschaft der beiden bewährt sich auch zu Zeiten der Belagerung und Hungersnot und schließlich auf dem Schlachtfeld bei der Befreiung Athen. I went through a few phases with this book At first I was drawn in and hanging on every word Her recreation of Classical Athens is outstanding and you really do feel like you re walking the ancient streets and listening to real Greeks But after a while of this everything started to feel rather like we ve already seen it all The plot takes a long while to go anywhere and we spend most of our time wandering the city listening to Socrates and practicing for war The warlike material itself is probably the least interesting part of the book But then after I d gotten tired of it all the book staged a miraculous comeback with a marvelous depiction of the final stage of the Peloponnesian War culminating with the overthrow of the Thirty TyrantsI suppose what I m saying is that the book needs pruning At over 600 pages and this despite space saving measures like clustering all the dialogue into single paragraphs even the greatest of elements can wear out its welcome This was Renault s first Greek book and it does unfortunately show Her later books freuently suffer from the same bloat but manage to contain it betterAnd yet somehow the book feels near flawless When it works it WORKS when it doesn t work you just wish it would start working againThis book is about many things It s about Classical Athens obviously and the Peloponnesian War specifically It s about the cultural and philosophical life of Greece It s about homosexuality specifically the idealized Greek pederastic kind But mainly I feel it s about philosophy and the love of excellence that so defined the Greek mindSocrates and his circle are right at the center of this book s soul and it does not disappoint Socrates is one of those rare people whose personality is immediately identifiable Alcibiades has dozens of conflicting interpretations Every take I ve seen on Socrates from Plato to The Road to Sardis to Assassin s Creed Odyssey all feel like the same man Of course there are different degrees of success Renault really captures something of his brilliant mind His philosophical musings come very close to the way Plato described them And the way he good hudly interrogates everyone for answers undermining the unexamined assumptions even when this pisses people off is so very Socrates And the best part about him is that while he doesn t really grow as a character the final stages of the novel give him the chance to really put his philosophy into action and take a firm and lonely stand against the worst of tyrannies It s fair to say I don t think he s been shown betterAlexias doesn t interest me much as a character Like a lot of 50s historical fiction protagonists he s mostly there to be a paragon of virtue amid troubled times The only time I recall him ever doing something wrong is during the excellent description of the trial of the generals He gets carried away with passion for understandable reasons and only afterwards realizes the horrible mistake that was made Other than that he s fairly miluetoast and the same can be said for his lover LysisThe reason this doesn t matter is that both characters are only there as a conduit for various ideas As a couple they are an exploration of Greek love particularly the educational and virtuous striving for excellence that was such a key component As individuals they represent elite Athenian intellectuals and the philosophicalcultural beliefs of the society While this could bother me were this novel less well written and perhaps it helps explain why the middle section could be so dragging I never had a problem with it here Two excellent people searching for greater excellence is such a uniuely Greek thing I have to approveMary Renault s books are probably the closest we will ever come to experiencing the wonder of Classical Greece in its heyday When I read her books I can feel the stones of Ancient Athens beneath my feet You can feel the excitement of new ideas and the patterns of traditional thought Only wandering the ruins of the Acropolis can bring you closer This book is the best recreation of Ancient Athens I ve ever read There are stories I want to see told aspects of ancient life I d like to see recreated but for the story it tells and it covers a lot it will be hard to better thisPlot 10 Slow in middle but always strongCharacters 10 Every one distinctive especially SocratesAccuracy 10 Only minor objections on matters of interpretation , main basse sur le futur few phases with this book At Les Hirondelles de Kaboul first I was drawn in and hanging on every word Her recreation of Classical Athens is outstanding and you really do Pnin feel rather like we ve already seen it all The plot takes a long while to go anywhere and we spend most of our time wandering the city listening to Socrates and practicing 142 Ostriches for war The warlike material itself is probably the least interesting part of the book But then after I d gotten tired of it all the book staged a miraculous comeback with a marvelous depiction of the The Tentacle Monster Everyone Wanted final stage of the Peloponnesian War culminating with the overthrow of the Thirty TyrantsI suppose what I m saying is that the book needs pruning At over 600 pages and this despite space saving measures like clustering all the dialogue into single paragraphs even the greatest of elements can wear out its welcome This was Renault s Unpublished Revelations of the Prophets and Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Vol 1 first Greek book and it does unfortunately show Her later books Return to Red River freuently suffer Its a Christmas Thing The Christmas Tree Ranch #2 from the same bloat but manage to contain it betterAnd yet somehow the book Eve's Christmas feels near Kill Without Shame ARES Security #2 flawless When it works it WORKS when it doesn t work you just wish it would start working againThis book is about many things It s about Classical Athens obviously and the Peloponnesian War specifically It s about the 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United In Love (revised) for understandable reasons and only afterwards realizes the horrible mistake that was made Other than that he s Taking His OmegaFilling His OmegaExamining His OmegaPunishing His OmegaSharing His OmegaTeaching His Omega fairly miluetoast and the same can be said The First Americans Beyond the Sea of IceCorridor of StormsForbidden LandWalkers of the WindBoxed Set for his lover LysisThe reason this doesn t matter is that both characters are only there as a conduit Soul Solution for various ideas As a couple they are an exploration of Greek love particularly the educational and virtuous striving To Challenge a Dragon for excellence that was such a key component As individuals they represent elite Athenian intellectuals and the philosophicalcultural beliefs of the society While this could bother me were this novel less well written and perhaps it helps explain why the middle section could be so dragging I never had a problem with it here Two excellent people searching Without Faith feel the stones of Ancient Athens beneath my Claw feel the excitement of new ideas and the patterns of traditional thought Only wandering the ruins of the Acropolis can bring you closer This book is the best recreation of Ancient Athens I ve ever read There are stories I want to see told aspects of ancient life I d like to see recreated but Self-Scoring IQ Tests (Self-Scoring Tests) for the story it tells and it covers a lot it will be hard to better thisPlot 10 Slow in middle but always strongCharacters 10 Every one distinctive especially SocratesAccuracy 10 Only minor objections on matters of interpretation

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READ ✓ The Last of the Wine Eine Liebe in Attika Farbig grausam und anregend ist das Leben im klassischen Athen zur Zeit der Spartanerkriege junge Männer messen ihre Leistungen auf der Rennbahn und im Ring. I cannot remember how I discovered Mary Renault s novels but most likely at my local library which I haunted Although I read them all as a teenager many years ago their beauty and humanity are still a strong influence While The King Must Die and the Alexandrian books may have had a stronger impact it is the delicacy of the relationship between the young lovers portrayed in The Last of the Wine that remains with me Because of her empathetic portrayal of love between men many of Mary Renault s fans including myself suspected the author was actually a man But her empathy goes even further Even classicists have found her depiction of the physical and spiritual ambiance of Ancient Greece so accurate as to be uncannyIt says a lot about a book that you feel a terrible sadness as you approach the final pages It was a sense of loss not only of the characters but for the characters for The Last of the Wine is a novel about loss not only of youth and love but of something much profound of honourThe story is narrated by Alexias and tells of his growth into manhood in Athens during the Peloponnesian Wars As a boy he meets Sokrates Renault s preferred spelling whose disciple he later becomes grows up with Plato and Xenophon and together with his lover Lysis serves under Alkibiades Through the novel we learn about the ins and outs of the wars but importantly we learn about the lives and beliefs of the Athenians Speaking through her narrator Renault enters deep into their world view taking for granted as her narrator does their spiritual beliefs their lore and their laws From the very first chapter we are thrust into a world totally foreign to our own but portrayed entirely on its own terms Alexias is born small and puny during a disastrous plague His father known as Myron the Beautiful is on the verge of exposing him when he learns that his younger brother has died Alexias uncle on hearing that the boy he was in love with was ill has gone to him and seeing that the boy was dying has taken hemlock so that they can make the journey together Myron is distressed that he is not able to retrieve their bodies so as to bury them together On returning home he sees that his wife has taken to the baby and does not have the heart to take it from herA whole world is displayed in this story a father s right to condemn a child to death his relationship with a wife he considers as little than a child an acceptance nay a celebration of love between men and in particular an older man for a younger and the narrator s respect for his father despite knowing that his father does not value himRenault was often criticised for her portrayal of women in her Greek novels but she is only showing their actual position in Athenian society Women are bound to the house and the household Their honour resides in remaining invisible and nameless Indeed it is considered disrespectful of a woman even to talk about her If a woman is seen in public she is either a slave or a courtesan Men in their thirties marry teenage girls girls that they think of as children and that they expect to train as their ideal housekeeper It is no wonder that in such a world men would look to other men for their emotional and sexual relationships It is such an accepted and normalised part of life that Alexias pities his friend Xenophon because he seems incapable of loving a man But these relationships are heavily circumscribed Boys are expected to be courted by older suitors from an early age but their honour resides in choosing a friend who is honourable and will be a fitting mentor for this relationship is meant to prepare the boy for manhood The beautiful thoughtful and brave Lysis is just such an ideal suitorHowever their sexual relationship is portrayed in coy elliptical terms reflecting I assume the narrator s reticence on these matters or is it Renault s own reticence After all she was writing in the 1950s that verge on the frustrating I was also interested to note that although Alexias and Lysis become friends when Alexias is sixteen they do not become lovers until he is eighteen According to Alexias this restraint is due to Sokrates influence but I wonder how much it was due to Renault s own twentieth century sensibilitiesYet at the same time I cannot remember being so frustrated when I first read this so many years ago Perhaps to a sheltered girl these hints were enough for I have a clear memory of the moment they become lovers And as a romantic teenager I probably saw that preliminary time of passion and restraint as an expected prelude to a sexual relationship What is it saying about me my age and my times that on this reading I kept wondering what was taking them so long But this story is not only about sexual politics Mary Renault was writing in a time of political turmoil and this is reflected in The Last of the Wine The Athens Alexias is born into is a city of high ideals a city of beauty honour the search for truth and democracy But through the course of the war all of these ideals are slowly lost or corrupted Respect for the law and the person are eroded The democracy Alexias values is undermined and overturned The victorious Spartans establish an oligarchic government which turns into a ruthless tyranny Alexias feels this decay deeply as his own honour is bound up in his city Disillusioned he and Lysis leave Athens to join a rebellion against its rulers The oligarchy is defeated but the democracy that replaces it sadly promises to become a tyranny of the banal The novel ends with a foreshadowing of Sokrates fateThe Last of the Wine was Mary Renault s first novel of Ancient Greece and it established her as one of the greatest historical novelists of all time Her empathy for the times and people she portrays her poetic use of language and her vision can only be emulated by other writers but I fear rarely eualled Taking His OmegaFilling His OmegaExamining His OmegaPunishing His OmegaSharing His OmegaTeaching His Omega fans including myself suspected the author was actually a man But her empathy goes even The First Americans Beyond the Sea of IceCorridor of StormsForbidden LandWalkers of the WindBoxed Set further Even classicists have Soul Solution found her depiction of the physical and spiritual ambiance of Ancient Greece so accurate as to be uncannyIt says a lot about a book that you To Challenge a Dragon feel a terrible sadness as you approach the Without Faith for the characters Claw for granted as her narrator does their spiritual beliefs their lore and their laws From the very Self-Scoring IQ Tests (Self-Scoring Tests) first chapter we are thrust into a world totally Dark Possession The Miners Reluctant Wife #1 foreign to our own but portrayed entirely on its own terms Alexias is born small and puny during a disastrous plague His Scorched father known as Myron the Beautiful is on the verge of exposing him when he learns that his younger brother has died Alexias uncle on hearing that the boy he was in love with was ill has gone to him and seeing that the boy was dying has taken hemlock so that they can make the journey together Myron is distressed that he is not able to retrieve their bodies so as to bury them together On returning home he sees that his wife has taken to the baby and does not have the heart to take it Sorry is the Magic Word father s right to condemn a child to death his relationship with a wife he considers as little than a child an acceptance nay a celebration of love between men and in particular an older man Black Eagle Force for a younger and the narrator s respect Thoreau on Wolf Hill Henry David Thoreau Mystery #2 for his The Immortal Who Loved Me Argeneau #21 father despite knowing that his Migration and the Refugee Dissensus in Europe father does not value himRenault was often criticised Tito's Flawed Legacy Yugoslavia and the West Since 1939 for her portrayal of women in her Greek novels but she is only showing their actual position in Athenian society Women are bound to the house and the household Their honour resides in remaining invisible and nameless Indeed it is considered disrespectful of a woman even to talk about her If a woman is seen in public she is either a slave or a courtesan Men in their thirties marry teenage girls girls that they think of as children and that they expect to train as their ideal housekeeper It is no wonder that in such a world men would look to other men America's Prophet Moses and the American Story for their emotional and sexual relationships It is such an accepted and normalised part of life that Alexias pities his All on a Summer's Day friend Xenophon because he seems incapable of loving a man But these relationships are heavily circumscribed Boys are expected to be courted by older suitors Sweet Revenge from an early age but their honour resides in choosing a Sweet Justice friend who is honourable and will be a Last Chance fitting mentor This Magic Moment for this relationship is meant to prepare the boy Mountain Magic for manhood The beautiful thoughtful and brave Lysis is just such an ideal suitorHowever their sexual relationship is portrayed in coy elliptical terms reflecting I assume the narrator s reticence on these matters or is it Renault s own reticence After all she was writing in the 1950s that verge on the The Conuered Brides frustrating I was also interested to note that although Alexias and Lysis become This Magic Moment friends when Alexias is sixteen they do not become lovers until he is eighteen According to Alexias this restraint is due to Sokrates influence but I wonder how much it was due to Renault s own twentieth century sensibilitiesYet at the same time I cannot remember being so The Classics Reclassified In Which Certain Famous Books Are Not So Much Digested As Ingested frustrated when I Excellence Wins first read this so many years ago Perhaps to a sheltered girl these hints were enough The Fountain Tarot: Illustrated Deck and Guidebook for I have a clear memory of the moment they become lovers And as a romantic teenager I probably saw that preliminary time of passion and restraint as an expected prelude to a sexual relationship What is it saying about me my age and my times that on this reading I kept wondering what was taking them so long But this story is not only about sexual politics Mary Renault was writing in a time of political turmoil and this is reflected in The Last of the Wine The Athens Alexias is born into is a city of high ideals a city of beauty honour the search How to Lead in a World of Distraction for truth and democracy But through the course of the war all of these ideals are slowly lost or corrupted Respect Belle Glen for the law and the person are eroded The democracy Alexias values is undermined and overturned The victorious Spartans establish an oligarchic government which turns into a ruthless tyranny Alexias Dreaming From the Journal Page feels this decay deeply as his own honour is bound up in his city Disillusioned he and Lysis leave Athens to join a rebellion against its rulers The oligarchy is defeated but the democracy that replaces it sadly promises to become a tyranny of the banal The novel ends with a History on Two Needles foreshadowing of Sokrates Warmans Bottles Field Guide fateThe Last of the Wine was Mary Renault s Deadly Outbreaks first novel of Ancient Greece and it established her as one of the greatest historical novelists of all time Her empathy The Flesh and the Devil for the times and people she portrays her poetic use of language and her vision can only be emulated by other writers but I A più voci Filosofia dell'espressione vocale fear rarely eualled

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READ ✓ The Last of the Wine Schulen sich im Gespräch mit dem umstrittenen Sokrates kämpfen im Bann des glanzvoll egozentrischen Alkibiades Alexias ist sechzehn Jahre alt als er dem funfundzwanzigjährige. There are so many things that could be said about Mary Renault s The Last of the Wine and I don t want to turn this review into an essay I ll try therefore to keep it short and personalThe first wonderful paragraph of the novel When I was a young boy if I was sick or in trouble or had been beaten at school I used to remember that on the day I was born my father had wanted to kill me sets the tone for the narration and for the book s main character Alexias a young Athenian living in the 5th century BC and witnessing the political philosophical and cultural changes of the eraAlexias navigates his life with a sense of curiosity and open wonderment He finds himself attracted to the thoughts of Socrates and through his circle of students Alexias gets to know many interesting personalities that will contribute to and shape his growing up The most important of these personalities is Lysis a slightly older man with whom Alexias will form a very strong relationship made of loyalty trust mutual love and respect I think this uotation says it all I felt Lysis look at me and turned towards him Understanding each other we got up and walked out through the gardens into the streets We did not speak having no need of it but made for the High City and climbed the stairway side by side Leaning on the northern wall we looked out to the mountains On the tops of Parnes the first snow had fallen the day was bright and blue with a few small clouds white and violet dark The wind from the north blew our hair from our brows and streamed our garments behind us The air was clear keen and filled with light It seemed to us that at our command the wind would have lifted us like eagles that our home was the sky We joined our hands they were cold so that in clasping them we felt the bone within the flesh Still we had not spoken or not with words Turning from the wall we saw people offering at the altars or going in and out of the temples it had seemed to us that the place was empty but for ourselves When we came to the great altar of Athene I stopped and said Shall we swear it He thought for a moment and answered No When a man needs an oath he has repented that he swore it and is compelled by fear This must come from our own souls and from love The relationship between Alexias and Lysis is treated by Renault in an incredible manner It s tender and passionate even though there are no explicit love scenes in the book the physical bond between them is really powerful and clear Their support for each other through wars political upheavals sieges and personal tragedies constitutes the strong backbone of the novel and it s on that that Renault inserts her wonderful reconstruction of ancient Greece and of the Athens of the 5th century BC that come across as vivid and completely aliveThe relationship between Alexias and his two fathers his biological one Myron and his philosophical one Socrates is another aspect of the novel that I really loved Alexias father often seems aloof and cruel but there are unexpected moments of tenderness between him and his son and the way Alexias grows into his own and learns to deal with his father s difficult personality is another beautiful recurrent element in the bookIt s very often said that Mary Renault invented Ancient Greece in fiction and I think it d be impossible to argue the contrary The vividness of all the characters from the invented ones to the historical ones is astonishing and the writing style complex and rich is a thing of beautyVery highly recommended

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  • The Last of the Wine
  • Mary Renault
  • German
  • 01 December 2020
  • 9783426630891

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