This is another Jeanette Winterson’s book! It was just as great a read as the other books that I read by her this month.
This is a novel with an Olympian theme.
After the rebellion against the Olympians, Atlas, the guardian of the Garden of Herperides and its golden apples of life, is forced to shoulder the weight of the earth and heavens for eternity. When the hero Heracles is charged with stealing these apples as one of his twelve labours, he seems to offer Atlas a reprieve. Jeanette Wintersen brings this Greek myth into the twenty-first century in a visionary, witting and inventive retelling that asks difficult questions about the nature of choice, and uncovers the unsettling truths hidden in what seems most familiar.
I loved this book for the depth of the prose. I am a philosopher with a real penchant for asking difficult questions and probing into answers. Many of the most difficult problems started during the Greek times. So, I think that Wintersen probes these times to rediscover that time for the modern reader.
Since I read a lot of the Greek philosophers, I was able to rethink some of these difficult questions and familiar and yet unsettling truths.
This is a story that will be enjoyed by readers who love to probe below the surface of things to a deeper understanding of reality.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth