The last of the wine

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Vintage Books, 1975 - Fiction - 446 pages
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Alexis, a young Athenian of good family, reaches manhood during the last phases of the Peloponnesian war. He meets Lysis, a youth influenced by Socrates, and their relationship develops.

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Brilliantly written with insight and vivid imagery. - Goodreads
Her writing is also sometimes awkward. - Goodreads
She's a master of ancient Greek storytelling! - Goodreads
Mary Renault is an excellent writer. - Goodreads
The ending got me, and I'll admit to a shedding a tear. - Goodreads

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This was a great book on Ancient Greek culture: philosophy, religion, and social structure. To be honest, I probably didn't understand most of it. For example, Alkibiades is mentioned throughout the ... Read full review

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I read Song of Achilles and fell in love with the novel rather deeply. I thought I'd try my hand at more gay historical fiction and found this novel highly recommended. I was sorely disappointed. I ... Read full review


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Renault was born in London, she attended Oxford, then trained for a nurse. After the war she settled in South Africa.

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