House of Names

House of Names

A Novel

Book - 2017
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From the thrilling imagination of bestselling, award-winning Colm Tóibín comes a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra: spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling, and her children ... In House of Names, Colm Tóibín brings a modern sensibility and language to an ancient classic, and gives this extraordinary character new life, so that we not only believe Clytemnestra's thirst for revenge, but applaud it. He brilliantly inhabits the mind of one of Greek myths' most powerful villains to reveal the love, lust, and pain she feels. Told in fours parts, this is a fiercely dramatic portrait of a murderess, who will herself be murdered by her own son, Orestes. It is Orestes' story, too: his capture by the forces of his mother's lover Aegisthus, his escape and his exile. And it is the story of the vengeful Electra, who watches over her mother and Aegisthus with cold anger and slow calculation, until, on the return of her brother, she has the fates of both of them in her hands
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501140211
1501140213
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 22 cm

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Do you enjoy Greek Literature? Love to sink your teeth into an epically dysfunctional family drama? Have a hankering to read about blood vengeance? If any of these appeal, then House of Names is for you. In less than 300 pages, master storyteller Colm Toibin has reimagined Aeschylus' masterpiece ... Read More »


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FVReader
Nov 18, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I'm not familiar with the original legend. This story is full of revenge, deception, murders, isolation. It all blends together for an intriguing story.
The character of Clytemnestra was the strongest portrayed. At first, her motivations seemed fueled in revenge & rage. But then........
The ancient Gods are waning in power, the World is new again; the ways unknown.
A fun story and well told.

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Highlandpatty
Oct 26, 2017

An amazing beginning, a good concept, a disappointing conclusion. Why does Toibin continue to disappoint?

Nicr Aug 06, 2017

The ancient story of Clytemnestra, as told by the exultant, avenging murderess herself. Bloody, eloquent and strange.

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Candaceb108
May 16, 2017

A wonderful book, Colm Toibin has a way of writing that immediately draws you in. In what seems like a moment you are a hundred pages in and living his words.

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becker
Apr 19, 2017

A modern retelling of an ancient Greek Classic. A story filled with tragedy and revenge. What's not to like? I really enjoyed this.

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