Clytemnestra: The spellbinding retelling of Greek mythology’s greatest heroine
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Agamemnon persuaded Clytemnestra to send Iphigenia to him, telling her he was going to marry her to Achilles. In scenes like these, Casati redefines our understanding of the term “hero”, reminding us that the celebrated men of Greek myths were selfish, violent brutes who took whatever they wanted with no regard to the desires of others or the consequences.
Leda produced four offspring from two eggs: Castor and Clytemnestra from one egg, and Helen and Polydeuces (Pollux) from the other. Crafted with page-turning suspense, Casati spins a mesmerizing story of an ambitious warrior queen who must use all her skill to protect herself and those she loves from men who view women not as equals, but as pawns to be sacrificed upon the altars of lust, greed, and fame. When one of the students chooses the subject of Thalia’s death, new questions prick at Brodie’s consciousness.Clytemnestra was enraged by Iphigenia's murder (and presumably the earlier murder of her first husband by Agamemnon, and her subsequent rape and forced marriage). It includes her family of origin and her reign as Queen at a time when most men didn't respect women.
The novel is perfect for those interested in learning more about a misunderstood figure in Greek mythology, and Casati will be an author to watch in the years to come. There is alot to enjoy, in Clytemnestra a book readers simply won’t want to put down, or, be able to. The novel’s time jumps and side characters, while faithful to the original Greek myths, ultimately make the story feel clunky.As a woman of Sparta, she was able to choose her own husband, and when a kind and adventurous foreign king graced their palace, she fell in love. I also have a love for any book that takes a misunderstood figure, real or fictional, hero or villain, and gives said figure more dimension, showing a different side of their often well-known story.