Meet the Arkadians--a young bean counter turned hero, a poet turned jackass, a girl of marvels, a king disguised as a peasant, and others who play across an epic stage, firmly connecting the quest of a young protagonist to those of classical heroes and heroines of ancient Greek storytelling--and reminding readers that danger, daring, and romance are still the most thrilling of literary devices.
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Seek him out, lad, at the piers; perhaps the local tavern, or whatever sort of place
might attract the seafaring trade." The words had barely passed his lips when a
voice boomed from the doorway: "A jackass! Away with you, lumbering lummox!
Among the vessels at the landing stages, only one was being offloaded, and
none taking on cargo. Many shops stood empty; the stalls of fishmongers and
vegetable sellers displayed hardly any wares. Oudeis stopped in front of the first
tavern. My uncle left me money to buy it. I've kept it for us. I'd almost lost hope — "
"Dearest Mirina, more beautiful than ever," exclaimed Oudeis, wiping a tear from
his eye. "How I've longed for you. But, my sweet, when last we met I recall you ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - t1bclasslibrary - LibraryThing
This tale of three friends (a boy, a girl, and a poet turned into a donkey) borrows tales from the Iliad and Odyssey, and turns them into something new and exciting. The friends are off to save a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - devafagan - LibraryThing
Alexander's whimsical story-telling voice is as strong as ever, but the plot and mythic elements did not move me in the way his other works have. I felt the re-imagining of traditional tales in this ... Read full review
Lucian and the Jackass
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