I have to admit, having studied Greek and Latin at college, I grabbed this book off the shelf the second I saw it. But I also have to admit, my hopes were not high. I was convinced that I would spend the whole time complaining and finding fault.
Well, Gary Corby, you have my apologies. The book is well-researched, and the author seamlessly weaves in facts about Athens—the history, culture, and politics—without becoming tedious.
Moreover, he manages to strike an excellent balance between creating this authentic setting and making the narrator and plot entertaining enough to satisfy and fascinate his modern audience.
Some readers may dislike the modern voice the author has given to his narrator, but I believe this is one of the book’s greatest strengths. Athens was the essence of modernity in its time, continually pushing forward, so to give Nicolaos a voice that is modern in both language and tone is appropriate.
And what’s more—it’s funny.
Friday, February 18, 2011
"Gary Corby, you have my apologies"
I loved this from a recent review of THE PERICLES COMMISSION: