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Two Legends: Oedipus and Theseus by André…

Two Legends: Oedipus and Theseus

by André Gide

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I'm completely converted to Hesperus Press, who produce these gorgeous little books with very readable translations. The two works by Andre Gide here look at the two opposite sides of heroism: the epic hero, like Theseus, who cheerfully plunges through life, living for the moment, regretting nothing, and coming across as a bit of a brainless muscle-man; and the tragic hero, like Oedipus, doomed to always dwell on his mistakes. Comparisons have been made between Theseus and works like Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian, and Mary Renault's novels, but I have to say that Gide just doesn't quite match up to their sumptuous lyricism. Nevertheless, it's a punchy retelling of the two legends, and a perfect length for reading on a journey. ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Dec 8, 2017 |
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  jmcdbooks | Jan 28, 2013 |
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Collection containing "Theseus" and "Oedipus". Please do not separate out the Hesperus Classics edition of "Theseus" (1843910276) as it includes both stories.
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A personal first-person narrative, 'Theseus' is a characteristically self-reflexive and searching fictional memoir, and one of the final works by a lifelong immoralist, Andre Gide.

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