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The Sweet Girl

Lyon, Annabel (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Sweet Girl
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"Pythias is her father's daughter, right down to her hard, intelligent slate-grey eyes. Aristotle has never been able to resist a keen mind in another - even in his own girl-child who should be content with the kitchen, the loom and a life dictated by the rhythms of childbearing. His little Pytho is smart, able to best his students in debate and match wits with a roomful of Athenian thinkers. Is she a freak or a harbinger of what women can really be? Hers is a privileged position, a woman who moves in a man's world, protected by the reputation of her philosopher father. But when the great warrior-king Alexander dies a thousand miles from Athens, sentiment turns against anyone associated with him, most especially his famous teacher, Aristotle. Forced to flee, Aristotle and his family head to the garrison town of Chalcis; however, ailing and broken in spirit, the old philosopher soon dies. Without her father, the orphaned sixteen-year-old Pytho quickly discovers that the world is a place of superstition, not logic, and that a girl can be preyed upon by gods and goddesses, as much as by grown men and women. To safely journey to a place in which she can be everything she truly is, Aristotle's daughter will need every ounce of wit she possesses, but she must also learn, quickly, to nurture her capacity to love."
Authors: Lyon, Annabel, 1971-
Title: The sweet girl
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2013
Edition: First United States edition
Characteristics: 235 pages ;,23 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "Originally published in Canada by Random House Canada, a division of Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto, in 2012."
Summary: "Pythias is her father's daughter, right down to her hard, intelligent slate-grey eyes. Aristotle has never been able to resist a keen mind in another - even in his own girl-child who should be content with the kitchen, the loom and a life dictated by the rhythms of childbearing. His little Pytho is smart, able to best his students in debate and match wits with a roomful of Athenian thinkers. Is she a freak or a harbinger of what women can really be? Hers is a privileged position, a woman who moves in a man's world, protected by the reputation of her philosopher father. But when the great warrior-king Alexander dies a thousand miles from Athens, sentiment turns against anyone associated with him, most especially his famous teacher, Aristotle. Forced to flee, Aristotle and his family head to the garrison town of Chalcis; however, ailing and broken in spirit, the old philosopher soon dies. Without her father, the orphaned sixteen-year-old Pytho quickly discovers that the world is a place of superstition, not logic, and that a girl can be preyed upon by gods and goddesses, as much as by grown men and women. To safely journey to a place in which she can be everything she truly is, Aristotle's daughter will need every ounce of wit she possesses, but she must also learn, quickly, to nurture her capacity to love."
ISBN: 0307962555
9780307962553
Statement of Responsibility: by Annabel Lyon
Subject Headings: Greece History To 146 B.C. Fiction Young women Greece Fiction Fathers and daughters Fiction Daughters Fiction Aristotle Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Biographical fiction
Topical Term: Young women
Fathers and daughters
Daughters
LCCN: 2012049210
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Oct 01, 2013
  • joalo rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 19, 2013
  • gloryb rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

May 05, 2013
  • JLMason rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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!

Sep 30, 2012
  • becker rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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

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