The Sweet Girl

The Sweet Girl

Book - 2013
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From the award-winning author of The Golden Mean, a captivating, wholly transporting new novel that follows Aristotle's strong-willed daughter as she shapes her own destiny: an unexpected love story, a tender portrait of a girl and her father, and an astonishing journey through the underbelly of a supposedly enlightened society.

Aristotle has never been able to resist a keen mind, and Pythias is certainly her father's daughter: besting his brightest students, refusing to content herself with a life circumscribed by the kitchen, the loom, and, eventually, a husband. Into her teenage years, she is protected by the reputation of her adored father, but with the death of Alexander the Great, her fortunes suddenly change. Aristotle's family is forced to flee Athens for a small town, where the great philosopher soon dies, and orphaned Pythias quickly discovers that the world is not a place of logic after all, but one of superstition. As threats close in on her--a rebellious household, capricious gods and goddesses--she will need every ounce of wit she possesses, and the courage to seek refuge where she least expects it.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9780307962553
Characteristics: 236 pages ; 22 cm

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joalo
Oct 01, 2013

Disappointing- not nearly so intense or thought provoking as The Golden Mean- although there were moments....

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gloryb
Jun 19, 2013

An easy read, this book, with its teenage characters and theme of self-realization, could be suitable for older young adults, with a caution about sexual content. The story is about the childhood and teen years of Aristotle's daughter and is told from her point of view. It ends with her marriage, the start of her own family, and possibly carrying on like her father by becoming a teacher to girls. I liked the book for its portrayal and role of women in Ancient Greece and how Aristotle taught his daughter to not conform to society's expectations.

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JLMason
May 05, 2013

This sequel to the Golden Mean is not as interesting or compelling as its predecessor. The daily grind of everyday Greek life, including frequent mentions of "using the pot" was, frankly, slow and a bit boring. What little conflict is in the book was muted and hence there was no sense of anticipation or worry for the characters, just more use of the pot!

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becker
Sep 30, 2012

I really enjoyed the beginning of this book but around the middle it fizzled out completely for me.

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