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An excellent book about Orpheus throughout the history, a kind of biography The book is rich with information in addition to poems and quotations written in a poetic language I enjoyed the book very much, although in some places I felt it needed to show the sources i.e In text citation clearly, so one may turn the original text for.I particularly loved the chapter on Orpheus journey to the underworld, in an attempt to bring back his deceased wife Finally, the description of his death was so moving, though beautiful I YES First book to come close to Roberto Calasso s The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony in terms of imagination and depth. [Ebook] ☩ Orpheus ♞ 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 MenIn This Extraordinary Work Ann Wroe Goes In Search Of Orpheus, From The Forests Where He Walked And The Mountains Where He Worshipped To The Artefacts, Texts And Philosophies Built Up Round Him She Traces 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 Journey To Hades, And His Terrible Death We See Him Tantalising Cicero And Plato, And Breathing New Music Into Gluck And Monteverdi Occupying The Mind Of Jung And The Surreal Dreams Of Cocteau Scandalising 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 An in depth exploration of the origins of the myth of Orpheus told in lucid prose Ann Wroe captures the elusiveness of her subject throughout history A wonderful synthesis of myth, travel, art and music just like Orpheus himself. This is round two for me with Wroe s passionate, purposed, poised, naked, unadulterated mythological humaniograpy of Orpheus Her language fears nothing, and because of that, each sentence is simple and is complex, like a plot and intercalary chapter from the Grapes of Wrath superimposed What most strikes me or doesn t strike me is the the way information, data, ideas, references, descriptions thrust forward without a splashing of the verbal oars or any jerky moments from the syntactical keel the mind and the pen sculled in utter harmony the waters Ann Wroe traveled with this book To bring the praise pretentiousness o meter down a notch or peg or two this book is a hybrid that puts any Prius to shame it works on all elements water, fire, earth, and air Bravo. Reading this book made me understand what the rocks and trees must have felt when Orpheus walked by Wroe is a model of erudition, a writer worth reading again and again I fell under her spell in my reading of this book amazed by her ability to synthesize two millenia of both myth and scholarship, while also mixing in her own observations from a trip to Bulgaria Thrace.Wroe organizes the book by the strings of the lyre the stages of Orpheus s life The prose is dense, but it is worth the effort to uncover the rhythms and images that her scholarship has uncovered.Reading this book made me want to write books of my own, such was the trance I was under I have long thought that Orpheus and Eurydice s story was the greatest of stories a battle with death, the fullest expression of beauty and music, a love that was true It was the high point of Edith Hamilton s Mythology for me But Wroe gets much depth out of the story, interweaving it with modern interpretations Rilke is a primary source as is Monteverdi s opera and traditions.One quibble I would have with Wroe s book is the lack of depth she found in Eurydice, the element of Orphesus s story that I found most entrancing She never appears to be than a shade in life, or in death.I m looking forward to reading this book again carefully next time, luxuriously I had read Wroe s Pontius Pilate but had found myself bogged down in her biography of Percy Bysshe Shelley This the best of all her books. High brow meditation on all things Orpheus. Meandering, indiscriminate, feyI enjoyed Wroe s Perkin and Pilate The Biography of an Invented Man but really disliked this Whether you will get on with it or not depends entirely on your expectations If you re looking for a scholarly excavation of the various Orpheus myths, or a work organised by literary reception or intertextuality then I suspect you ll be severely disappointed.This is a kind of biography of Orpheus, but one which flits blithely between the multiple versions of Orpheus from his earliest Greek incarnations, via Rome, the medieval and renaissance periods, and into modern embodiments in Cocteau and Yeats Part of the problem is that Wroe treats all these various myths, fragments and after lives as if they re all parts of a single story, as if there s only one Orpheus, and that s the one recuperated here.The other problem I had is with the fey, faux poetic prose style Orpheus remained edgy and abstracted wrapped up in his music, following his own rules, so picky about food that he lived for days on wild plums and sorrel, grabbed from the stalk as he passed.So I guess this is a kind of meditation on Wroe s Orpheus melancholy, ethereal, misunderstood. It s interesting how Orpheus isn t mentioned in either of the Homeric poems and yet the Romans were all about him as he appears in both Ovid s Metamorphoses and Virgil s The Aeneid I ve always loved the story of Orpheus and Eurydice I think it might have been the first Greek myth I read But if not the first it s definitely the one I borrowed the most from the library as a kid Anywho I read this book about Orpheus and while it was incredibly interesting, I found it was also a little dry in style Not the most fun reading experience sadly. This is a poetic and accessible bio mythography of the mysterious and enduring figure of Orpheus, which effortlessly weaves strands of his legends ancient and modern, and the varied voices of many places and cultures, in a single diaphanous skein.It is a rare conjuror who can wake the classical world and bring it to me lingering in a supermarket or crossing a field, who can make a spirit palpable in the faltering gestures of a passerby A rare academic who can toil in the fields of research where cleared throats and rustling paper alone are heard, and harvest music.Known by hearsay, yet remembered age after age Shaman, singer of hymns, founder of mysteries, teacher of beauty and order in opposition to Dionysus and devotees of his chaos , poet, magician who made the trees dance, vulnerable, sensitive human one of us yet hovering on the margins, mortal yet ceaselessly reborn, patron of creativity.If you want to know him, you can meet him here But you might find at the end, after the hours you spent watching moonlight and candlelight tremble at his breath, at the moan of his lyre, at the sight of him all colours and ages that in the silence of your quiet mind after he s as elusive as he was before this term was coined by Audre Lorde to describe her book Zami A New Spelling of My Name