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The Children of Jocasta
The Children of Jocasta | Natalie Haynes
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In Children of Jocasta, Natalie Haynes reimagines the Oedipus and Antigone stories from the perspectives of two of the women who have often been overlooked; retelling the myth to reveal a new side of an ancient story. When you have grown up as I have, there is no security in not knowing things, in avoiding the ugliest truths because they can't be faced . . . Because that is what happened the last time, and that is why my siblings and I have grown up in a cursed house, children of cursed parents . . . Jocasta is just fifteen when she is told that she must marry the King of Thebes, an old man she has never met. Her life has never been her own, and nor will it be, unless she outlives her strange, absent husband. Ismene is the same age when she is attacked in the palace she calls home. Since the day of her parents' tragic deaths a decade earlier, she has always longed to feel safe with the family she still has. But with a single act of violence, all that is about to change. With the turn of these two events, a tragedy is set in motion. But not as you know it.
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ImperfectCJ
The Children of Jocasta | Natalie Haynes
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#7days7covers #covercrush

I can't keep track of who's been tagged yet, so no tags today, just the cover.

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Emilymdxn
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I wavered between pick and soso for this. I went with pick because I think it was a very good book, I don‘t wanna hold it responsible for it not being just what I was in the mood for right now. The ending, definitely, was subtly beautifully written and emotionally affecting in a way I wasn‘t expecting. The afterword was amazing too - maybe Natalie Haynes‘ voice just glitters more when she writes non fiction? I definitely want to read some by her

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Emilymdxn
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Reading in Stockholm is everything I was hoping it would be... it‘s hard to concentrate it‘s so beautiful!

Freespirit It looks fabulous @Emilymdxn ❤️ 12mo
BarbaraBB Great picture. Have a great time 😘 12mo
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Emilymdxn
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I loved hearing Natalie Haynes at a literary festival so I‘m excited to read a book by her! I‘ve read a few books about Ancient Greek myths from other perspectives recently - both of Madeline Miller‘s and Pat Barker‘s The Silence Of The Girls so im excited to add another and see how it approaches a different myth

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Eyejaybee
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A marvellous retelling of the Oedipus story from the women‘s point of view. Utterly gripping, and written with great empathy and understanding. Read my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36524694-the-children-of-jocasta. #nataliehaynes #thechildrenofjocasta #classics #oedipus #greekdrama #legend #myth #thebes #classicalliterature #sophocles #jocasta #history #literature

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Eyejaybee
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mellissimo And a heart coffee ❤ 2y
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