|Plot Summary of The Praise Singer|
Historical--especially classical--fiction seems to be Mary Renault's forte in writing and in "The Praise Singer" she once again steps into a favorite setting--ancient Greece.
She tells us the story of Simonides, a poet in the Golden Age of Athens. She begins in Sicily where Simonides finds Kleobis the bard and together they travel to Samos, where they enjoy the riches of this island. Kleobis dies and Simonides returns to Athens, which is in a turmoil due to the antics of the Tyrants. Simonides survives these "trials" and then returnsto Sicily to recount his long, poetical, and eventful life. Renault's writing shows a special gift as she brings to life in fictional form episodes from this period of time.
Bill Hobbs, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Praise Singer|
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Time/era of story
- distant past/middle ages
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- Adult or Young Adult Book
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
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- almost none
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- mostly 1st
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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