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Electra Wildly original and imaginative retelling of the Greek myth of Electra and the Fall of the House of Atreus I feel this version compares favorably with the ancient Greek dramas on this subject and with the Strauss von Hofmannsthal opera, Elektra The author has taken the bare bones of the myth and pressed his own stamp upon it He has concentrated on Agamemnon s family left behind in Mycenae I appreciated the author s omitting the details of the Trojan War I feel it s already covered enough in literature and film Electra as an old woman tells her personal life s story to a Hittite physician The life of the family and their fates are recounted through the passage of years Aegisthus insinuation of himself into the royal family and into a position of power, the devotion of Electra s eunuch slave to her, as well as the stories of Orestes, Hermione Electra s cousin and sister Chrysothemis are told Each of the characters is a vivid personality Electra s hero worship of Agamemnon turns quickly to burning hatred after he has her sister, Iphigenia, sacrificed to gain fair winds to Troy Electra s premonition of this in a fever dream is especially chilling When Agamemnon returns from Treece S Electra Reveals Than The Private Lives Of Electra And Agamemnon, Of Clytemnestra And Orestes Written From Electra S Point Of View, It Shows In Action The Many Forces Which Contributed At Last To The Downfall Of Mycenae S Brilliant Culture, And The Coming Of The Dorian Dark Age Which Was To Last For Five Hundred Years And. Electra has the feel of an epic, remarkably, even though it is a fairly short book It tells such an epic story, and populates it with characters of vivid personality and fallibility, shown through judiciously selected scenes of gripping drama Treece wisely doesn t bother re telling the Iliad, a tale that has been retold over and over in modern historical fiction so frequently that I ve almost got Troy fatigue from the slew of Troy based novels I ve been reading recently Treece instead focuses on telling the story of the treacherous blood feud of the Mycenaean royal family, through the eyes of those left behind namely, Princess Electra, daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra Rather than relating every detail of Electra s life, Treece keeps the drama flowing and the tedium non existent by giving us only selected scenes that are relevant and have the greatest impact on Electra s life He shows rather than tells, even though the entire tale is narrated by Electra in first person as an old woman l The story of Electra and the unhappy House of Atreus is one of my favorites in all of Greek drama, and I wasn t sure if it could be portrayed so vividly outside of Richard Strauss opera and the original Greek plays But Treece took the standard storytelling technique of an old woman recounting her life to a passive listener here, a doctor and packed 280 pages full of highly emotional and descriptive stuff.It s been awhile since I ve read Sophocles and Euripides, so I m not sure where Treece might have deviated from fact, but that matters little anyway The Trojan War and all of its players have been the subject of fanfiction for millenia, and I like seeing what authors come up with and if they can make it work Treece s novel works from beginning to end, something I can t say for some recent authors attempts Despite its rather brief length, the story was surprisingly in depth, and I felt like I was in Bronze Age Greece in all of its glorious, war mongering decline.Highlights Electra s changing attitude towards her father Agamemnon, from lustful worship to undying hatred Iphigenia s sacrifice to sincere grief at the broken man he s become after ten years of war The issue of gods, if they are man made, the nature of worship, the fear that belief or disbelief inspires in people during both good times and bad Electra s relationship with More lesbianism and ritual prostitution than delicate stomachs are likely to accommodate , promises the review quote blazoned across the front cover but this is a 1963 edition, and to sensibilities forged after the beginning of sexual intercourse it s a book you d call haunting, strange, sensual, but hardly filthy Treece gives Electra s own account of the Atreides bloody end, taking Robert Graves lead in unearthing older myths within the classical versions we know He then matches that with what historians have pieced together of an age that s only barely historical, and asks what might have been going on behind closed doors to provide the grit around which those pearls of legend coalesced Electra and her kin are human here, but crucially, that doesn t mean anything so banal as them being just like us even the precursors of the classical Greeks are alien and sordid to this aristocratic, alien breed The result is heady, often heartbr An old woman tells her story to a Hittite doctor in Dorian Dark Age Greece She claims to be Electra, daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, the last great Achaean rulers of Mycene Here at the close of the Greek Bronze Age are portraits of Helen and Paris, Odysseus and Achilles, Iphigeneia and Orestes, Electra and Pylades all as they might have been in reality Tre If you ve ever watched some of the classic Greek plays, particularly those surrounding the Trojan War, some of it may have been slightly confusing The dramatists assumed that most of the viewers knew the names of the characters and had a rough idea of the events The plays were to put those events in perspective or serve as a warning for future generations The Amber Princess is a retelling of those events in novel form It may not clarify all the details for you and you may not even agree with Henry Treece s interpretations of said events, but this is a gritty treatment of the story from the perspective of Electra, daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, brother of Orestes, and niece of, yes, Helen of Troy the face that launched a thousand ships The Amber Princess was written in 1963 well before orchestrated incidents in the Gulf of Tonkin rationalized the subsequent military action, but I m surprised this didn t become a cult classic in the later 60s and early 70s The thoughts on war would have said so much to the generation of the Vietnam Conflict.From Electra s perspective, the whole war rationale was a propaganda coup Her Uncle Menelaus had conspired with Agamemnon an After a recent foray into nonfiction about the late Bronze Age and the fall of civilizations, I went back to this novel, which I read many, many years ago and which I still remembered in pieces It s well written apparently Treece was a bit of a poet as well as a novelist but I think his shtick was to turn myth into history he does this with Oedipus and Jason as well and basically the four decades since this was written have contained archaelogical advances that pretty much rendered his historicization totally invalid There was no nomadic Dorian invasion , no 500 year return to primitivism, in Ancient Greece the palaces at Mycenae and Pylos and Tiryns were destroyed, yes, but a lot of things continued on as before or evolved gradually over decades rather than disappearing as the result of some kind of devastating barbarian invasion.Anyway, with that said, Electra herself is still as crazy as r Grimly compelling the story of Electra, told by herself She recalls the horror of the sacrifice of her sister, Iphigenia, her mother, Clytemnestra s revenge upon Agamemnon for allowing the killing of his own child, the madness of her brother, Orestes the fall of Mycenae, and the coming of the Dorians She recalls the gentle eunuch slave who


About the Author: Henry Treece

Henry Treece 22 December 1911 10 June 1966 was a British poet and writer, who worked also as a teacher, and editor He is perhaps best remembered now as a historical novelist, particularly as a children s historical novelist, although he also wrote some adult historical novels.


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