Orpheus

Orpheus

The Song of Life

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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 leaves us. He may be myth, but his lyre still sounds, entrancing everything that hears it: animals, trees, water, stones, and men. In this extraordinary work, Ann Wroe goes in search of Orpheus, tracing 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 the journey to Hades, and his terrible death. We see him tantalizing Cicero and Plato, and breathing new music into Gluck and Monteverdi; occupying the mind of Jung and the surreal dreams of Cocteau; scandalizing 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.
Publisher: New York : Overlook Press, 2012, c2011.
ISBN: 9781590207789
1590207785
Branch Call Number: 398.2093 WROE
Characteristics: 262 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

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Oct 15, 2013

Anne Wroe goes looking for Orpheus and what can I say other than it is quite the journey. The writing is like poetry or a song. The reader feels like they are with her for every step of the way. Highly Recommended. Way to Go Wroe!

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