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Obscure Greek folklore inspires this novel about a young lesbian slave named Lykaina (``wolf-woman''). After her mistress instructs her to seek out the elegant Sappho and her famous school of poetry, Lykaina undertakes her own small odyssey from Sparta to the celebrated island of Lesbos. En route she meets Maia, a travel companion extraordinaire who initiates her into theObscure Greek folklore inspires this novel about a young lesbian slave named Lykaina (``wolf-woman''). After her mistress instructs her to seek out the elegant Sappho and her famous school of poetry, Lykaina undertakes her own small odyssey from Sparta to the celebrated island of Lesbos. En route she meets Maia, a travel companion extraordinaire who initiates her into the worship of the Earth Mother. Once in Sappho's home, Lykaina thrives: ``This is a palace of love. . . . This is a land of poetry. Here I belong.'' Eventually, however, she leaves the court, offended by the other poets' disdain for the less privileged. Lykaina returns to Maia, who urges her to recite for the country people so close to her heart. With Maia's patronage, the ``other Sappho'' evolves her own school of poetry. From descriptions of markets and clothing to expositions of women's love affairs and the art of verse, Frye ( The Marble Threshing Floor: A Collection of Greek Folk Songs ) shores up her imaginings with persuasive research. (Dec.)Publishers Weekly editorial review [http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0...]...

Title : The Other Sappho
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ISBN : 9780932379689
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 214 Pages
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The Other Sappho Reviews

  • Bailey McCaul
    2018-11-13 17:16

    It was a beautiful book, told very poetically with details that make it feel real. It's an amazing tale of love and history.

  • lia nobody
    2018-10-30 17:15

    the other sappho is the story of lykaina, a young unknown poet from the mountains of sparta who lived up to her name " wolf woman" , when she learns the truth of why shes in sparta , with the request of the old women, she goes on a journey to lesbos to learn from the poet sapphodespite some of the weird erotic symbolism you might come across reading this book, this was a particularly good storyfrom arete, the old woman , kissa , sappho , maia etc, youll meet some very unique women and youll learn to enjoyeven tho ancient greece was a very patriarchal society, this is a story thar centers around women and their gifts and this story goes real deep into thatlykainas journey is not an easy one but in the end she finds herself and its a great read note to people though the font is rather small and the characters are long so if you have a really bad attention span you might have minor difficulties and want to pace yourselves but like i said overall, great story and im actually sad that i finished it but all stories end