House of Names

You might remember the Greek myth about Agammemnon, eager to set sail for Troy, but waylaid for lack of a prevailing eastern wind.  The "Gods" instruct him to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, and they will take care of the wind problem.  Off at last to fight the Trojan war for nine years, the palace is left in the hands of his wife, Clytemnestra, who, understandably incensed and aggrieved at the loss of her daughter, plots her revenge and indeed, does murder Agammemnon upon his return from Troy.

Meanwhile, her power-hungry lover, Aegisthus, exiles Clytemnestra's other two children, Electra and Orestes. When Orestes finally returns home, he learns of his father's murder and with Electra, plot their own revenge.  The backstory of each of these characters is told in alternating chapters, which move the narrative forward.  Despite being thousands of years old, Toibin manages to bring this classic tragedy alive for modern readers by retelling it in our modern vernacular.  As with Toibin's other books [Brooklyn, The Master, The Testament of Mary, Nora Webster and many others] Toibin is a master storyteller; House of Names firmlty captures your atttention and delivers an ancient tale of scheming, infidelity, danger and vengeance inside a totally messed up family, which seems uncannily modern.

House of names : a novelBy Tóibín, Colm, 1955- author.

"From the thrilling imagination of bestselling, award-winning Colm Toibin comes a retelling of the Greek myth of Agammemnon, Clytemnestra and their children--a spectacularly audacious, violent and riveting story of family and vengeance." [Publisher jacket annotation]

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