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Eric poems and yet the Romans were all about him as he appears in both Ovid s Metamorphoses and Virgil s The Aeneid I ve always loved the story of Orpheus and Eurydice I think it might have been the first Greek myth I read But if not the first it s definitely the one I borrowed the most from the library as a kid Anywho I read this book about Orpheus and while it was incredibly interesting I found it was also a little dry in style Not the most fun reading experience sadly YES First book to come close to Roberto Calasso s The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony in terms of imagination and depth Very short book talks about the story of Orpheus in mythology a lot could be done with this topic than done in this book This is as a blurb on the cover says a remarkable book I notice that some Goodreads reviews of it are very positive and some are very negative having read it I feel that both are right or that their views are entirely justAnn Wroe has written a remarkable book it is a biography of Orpheus and since that is an impossible thing you have perhaps a pre taste of how this can be a divisive bookThe book is divided into seven strings or chapters as they might be conventionally called the first two it seemed to me covered the origins the third the voyage of the Argo the fourth Eurydike the fifth the journey into the Underworld the sixth life after Eurydice the seventh the death of Orpheus Within each String Wroe discusses Orpheus and his life by reference to those who have written about him so we move from Seneca to Rilke to Virgil to CG Jung to Greek pottery to Moniverdi to Euripedes to Gluck but not to OffenbachConceptually it is bold but also an nderstandable progression from Wroe s earlier books about sketchy figures perhaps it is a slight twist on one of her day jobs as an obituaries editor On the downside you don t get a picture of what Orpheus meant to Rilke or how the Orpheus story developed in time all the variants exist concurrently in Wroe s narrative I am left with the And the mountains where he worshipped to the artefacts texts and philosophies built p round him She traces the man and the power he represents through the myriad versions of a fantastical life his birth in Thrace his studies in Egypt his voyage with the Argonauts to fetch the Golden Fleece his love for Eurydice and journey to Hades and his terrible death We see him tant.

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Mpression that it is a book that it brave impossible and funOrpheus might be significant in Roman writings than in Greek he might have been a god then demoted to demi god son of the muse Calliope or just to plain human he could be seen as a forerunner to Christ by early Christians and as both part of Dionsysian worship but also as an Apollonian figure Eurydice Wroe says her name can be translated in to English as deep knowledge was not part of the earlier stories she came later and there seems to be some overlap between her names and attributes and those of Persephone while in one version of the Argo story Orpheus is relatively young and in the other an old manThe degree of variation in versions of the Orpheus stories put me in mind of Marina Warner s book Once Upon a Time A Short History of Fairy Tale and that sense that the strength of the story is in its adaptability if you try to strip away the later layers you are not left with an original core but with nothing at all An in depth exploration of the origins of the myth of Orpheus told in lucid prose Ann Wroe captures the elusiveness of her subject throughout history A wonderful synthesis of myth travel art and music just like Orpheus himself This is round two for me with Wroe s passionate purposed poised naked nadulterated mythological humaniograpy of Orpheus Her language fears nothing and because of that each sentence is simple and is complex like a plot and intercalary chapter from the Grapes of Wrath superimposed What most strikes me or doesn t strike me is the the way information data ideas references descriptions thrust forward without a splashing of the verbal oars or any jerky moments from the syntactical keel the mind and the pen sculled in tter harmony the waters Ann Wroe traveled with this book To bring the praise pretentiousness o meter down a notch or peg or two this book is a hybrid that puts any Prius to shame it works on all elements water fire earth and air Bravo High brow meditation on all things Orpheus. Alising Cicero and Plato and breathing new music into Gluck and Monteverdi; occupying the mind of Jung and the surreal dreams of Cocteau; scandalising the Fathers of the early Church and filling Rilke with poems like a whirlwind He emerges as not simply another mythical figure but the force of creation itself singing the song of light out of darkness and life out of death.

This is a poetic and accessible bio mythography of the mysterious and enduring figure of Orpheus which effortlessly weaves strands of his legends ancient and modern and the varied voices of many places and cultures in a single diaphanous skeinIt is a rare conjuror who can wake the classical world and bring it to me lingering in a supermarket or crossing a field who can make a spirit palpable in the faltering gestures of a passerby A rare academic who can toil in the fields of research where cleared throats and rustling paper alone are heard and harvest musicKnown by hearsay yet remembered age after age Shaman singer of hymns founder of mysteries teacher of beauty and order in opposition to Dionysus and devotees of his chaos poet magician who made the trees dance vulnerable sensitive human one of s yet hovering on the margins mortal yet ceaselessly reborn patron of creativityIf you want to know him you can meet him here But you might find at the end after the hours you spent watching moonlight and candlelight tremble at his breath at the moan of his lyre at the sight of him all colours and ages that in the silence of your Harveys Revised English Grammar uiet mind after he s as elusive as he was beforethis term was coined by Audre Lorde to describe her book Zami A New Spelling of My Name Reading this book made menderstand what the rocks and trees must have felt when Orpheus walked by Wroe is a model of erudition a writer worth reading again and again I fell Como agua para chocolate under her spell in my reading of this book amazed by her ability to synthesize two millenia of both myth and scholarship while also mixing in her own observations from a trip to BulgariaThraceWroe organizes the book by the strings of the lyre the stages of Orpheus s life The prose is dense but it is worth the effort to A lyrical devotional and beautifully poetic portrait of an enigmatic figure Masterfully brings together many different interpretations and sources to paint a fuller picture It s interesting how Orpheus isn t mentioned in either of the Hom. For at least two and a half millennia the figure of Orpheus has haunted humanity Half man half god musician magician theologian poet and lover his story never leavess He may be myth but his lyre still sounds entrancing everything that hears it animals trees water stones and menIn this extraordinary work Ann Wroe goes in search of Orpheus from the forests where he walked.

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Ann Wroe is a journalist and author working as Briefings and Obituaries editor of The Economist She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society the Royal Society of Literature and the English Association