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ISBN: 0375726810
Author: Mary Renault
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage; 2 edition (June 2001)
Pages: 400
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.1
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Home Mary Renault The Last of the Wine: A Novel. The cup was standing on the floor beside him; he had tipped out the dregs, and written PHILON with his finger, as one does after supper in the last of the wine

Home Mary Renault The Last of the Wine: A Novel. The cup was standing on the floor beside him; he had tipped out the dregs, and written PHILON with his finger, as one does after supper in the last of the wine. Getting this news at night, my father set out with torches to fetch the bodies, so that he could mix their ashes in one urn, and have a fit memorial made.

Renault, Mary, pseud. The last of the wine. Reprint of the ed. published by Pantheon Books, New York. Triarch, ruler of one of the three divisions of a country. 1. when I was a young boy, if I was sick or in trouble, or had been beaten at school, I used to remember that on the day I was born my father had wanted to kill me.

Mary Renault was writing in a time of political turmoil and this is reflected in The Last of the Wine. But through the course of the war, all of these ideals are slowly lost or corrupted. Renault once again does a stellar job bringing Classical Greece to life with the story of Alexias, scion of a minor patrician family in Athens during the era when the city felt turmoil both from within and from without as they experienced not only the aggression of Sparta during Peloponnesian War, but also the existence of philosopher and iconoclast Sokrates.

It was good to "return" to "The Last of the Wine" - Renault really makes history come alive with interesting stories - many things in this book about two men who fall in love and take part together in their society - in war, in contemplating philosophical matters - always honoring one another.

Mary Renault is a shining light to both historical novelists and their readers. The first of Mary Renault’s celebrated historical novels of ancient Greece, The Last of the Wine follows Alexias and Lysis into adulthood, when Athens is defeated by Sparta, the Thirty Tyrants take hold of the city, and the lives of both men are changed forever. Through their friendship, Renault opens a vista onto ancient Greek life, uncovering its vibrancy, culture, and political strife, and offers an unforgettable story of love, honor, loyalty, and the remarkable bond between two men.

The Last of the Wine is Mary Renault's first novel set in ancient Greece, the setting that would become her most important arena. The novel was published in 1956 and is the second of her works to feature male homosexuality as a major theme

The Last of the Wine is Mary Renault's first novel set in ancient Greece, the setting that would become her most important arena. The novel was published in 1956 and is the second of her works to feature male homosexuality as a major theme. It was a bestseller within the gay community. The book is a portrait of Athens at the close of the Golden Age and the end of the Peloponnesian War with Sparta, and includes Socrates as a character.

Fandoms: Queer as Folk (US), The Last of the Wine - Mary Renault, Alexander Trilogy - Mary Renault. It was only ever implied in the book, but I took the liberty of making it clear. I wrote this work several years ago but now it is NEW AND IMPROVED. Yeah, it sucked before. Teen And Up Audiences. No Archive Warnings Apply.

The last of the wine. g'i2 75-4841 ISBN 0-394-71653-1 MAP OF GREECE AND THE AEGEAN GLOSSARY

So he and I spent half the morning wandering about in different places; and no one knew enough yet to say, Lysis was here just now, looking for you, and went that wa. .

So he and I spent half the morning wandering about in different places; and no one knew enough yet to say, Lysis was here just now, looking for you, and went that wa.up hope of him, and had gone to exercise, as I turned the post of the running-track I saw him watching at the other end. It was as if a great wind blew at my back and my heels grew wings

In The Last of the Wine, two young Athenians, Alexias and Lysis, compete in the palaestra, journey to the Olympic games, fight in the wars against Sparta, and study under Socrates. As their relationship develops, Renault expertly conveys Greek culture, showing the impact of this supreme philosopher whose influence spans epochs.

Comments:

Perilanim
All of Mary Renault's books are stunningly well-researched historical novels. Unlike most of the dreck passing for historical fiction written more recently, they also feature brilliant characterization that actually re-creates the feel of a person from that period, not a modern sensibility in period dress. Sex is present, but in proportion to the other spiritual and social values and interests of the characters and period. There is no political, social, or any other kind of agenda rather than to experience what the consciousness of people from a very different world would have been like. This book is perhaps the most brilliant at recreating a particular character, though the period is sufficiently depressing and confusing that it's not quite as absorbing as, say, the Greek theater and Platonic philosophers of the Golden Age presented in The Mask of Apollo.
Domarivip
A stunning novel, a work of art. A rare novel where one travels with the character learning not only of ancient Greece, its rituals, customs, way of life among others , but also questioning human existence, morality, honor, all through the eyes of the protagonist Alexias.
It took me a long time to read because I needed to live the book so to speak, and, I was so sad when I finished it, wishing it had been a series.
Also to mention is the relationship of Alexias and Lysis, she writes the character’s relationship beautifully, showing them as they are: two people in love, having quarrels, missing each other, growing together. I truly enjoyed seeing their love blossom page after page and it brings the love between two men to the front. I can understand why this novel had such a huge impact on the gay community when it came out, and how consistent Mary is with her values on relationships be it same-sex or not: love and honor first, then sex- which is not to say sex is bad, just that between the love of two people there should be a higher ideal.
Of course another point to bring out is how well researched the novel is, reading her Bio, one can see the amount of time and effort spent to do this correctly and she did succeed, bringing to life the everyday life of an ancient Athenian from then trivial things such as house chores, to being in the colonnade, the perfume shop, the drinking parties and the supper couches, posing for a sculptor, taking part in the Games.
Her debate on the nature of democracy, honor, and tyranny is quite impressive, especially since she wrote it when it was a hard time in South Africa where she had emigrated. Even today these questions on morality and handling of politics ring true.
Mary Renault did it again with this book, bringing Ancient Greece and its history to life with the realistic portrayals of Alcibiades, and Socrates, recreating what would have been like to have been part of his circle; to sit by him and debate from basic everyday questions to that of human existence.
Bev
There is so much in this book, more to begin touching on in a review. I was moved how Renault portrayed Lysis' loyalty to Alexias, and the ways he showed the depth of his love. SPOILER. I understand the publisher wouldn't allow the story to describe how Lysis made love to Alexias but I noted three points in the story where Renault let us know it happened. Simply beautiful, especially when Alexias had cut his foot while they swam in the sea. In the end my take on the grandson's epilogue was code for the story being censored. What we may have missed is certainly tragic, yet what is left is so outstanding. Perhaps more importantly, Renault offered great philosophies and lessons learned by these characters, lessons from antiquity that continue to apply in our modern times. I'll read it again, when I'm ready.
Burilar
Mary Renault's historical novel set in ancient Greece at the time of Socrates, "The Last of the Wine" - I read this book many years ago - a real Mary Renault fan (he book, "The Charioteer" set in war time London, my favorite). It was good to "return" to "The Last of the Wine" - Renault really makes history come alive with interesting stories - many things in this book about two men who fall in love and take part together in their society - in war, in contemplating philosophical matters - always honoring one another . . . That's a rather meager, inadequate description - the novel is so much more, One thing is sure, after reading, you'll know a great deal more about those times. A good read.
Kajishakar
The book is beautifully written; that's not in question. What I want to review, however, is this Kindle edition. I think ten dollars for an e-book is rather pricey; it seems the only costs are associated with editing. So what's their excuse for the sloppiness evident in this edition? E.g., this edition leaves out bits of text here and there, which reduces the sentence or paragraph to nonsense, leaving a reader unfamiliar with the original work scratching her or his head. Fortunately, I was able to return to my old, disintegrating paperback copy of the book to find what was actually written. I then tried to annotate the missing text into my Kindle...didn't work. I could and did add the missing text into my iPod Touch version in a side note, but not in the Kindle. And that's another problem: being used to Apple devices, I'm finding the Kindle a big disappointment. Although it's easy to read on the Kindle, the device is slow, awkward and pretty clunky. Wish I'd applied the price of the Kindle to an iPad Mini...then I could read all my Kindle books and do many other things, too!

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