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On a Voiceless Shore: Byron in Greece Hardcover – January, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Co; 1st edition (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805037780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805037784
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,704,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...Minta ... in his somewhat languid and elliptical fashion ... has drawn an evocative, impressionistic and sometimes puzzling portrait of the man and his times, reflecting as he does so on the various meanings of Byron's experience and its connection to his poetry.... his effort to see Byron whole is a valuable, often absorbing exercise in historical awareness, one that deepens our understanding of the poet himself and the more universal choices that he faced. -- The New York Times, Richard Bernstein

One longs for a bit more of Minta, clearly a fascinating and intrepid traveler whose first-person interjections are quirky and unpredictable. But his story of Byron finally carries its own weight.... On a Voiceless Shore is moving and memorable. -- The New York Times Book Review, Ted Conover

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Stephen Minta weaves a modern journey in the footsteps of Byron into an evocation of byron's romantic nature and in the process, creates a useful and idiosyncratic view of the poet. Much as he did in his previous book, "Aguirre", Minta quietly traces his subject's antique journey through the echoes of his own modern one. While not simply a travel book nor yet a biography of Byron, this history is an inventive and skillfull combination of the two, and a useful addition to the already strining bookshelves of admirers of the romantics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Birkett on July 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is many books in one and packed with information but easily digestible - a fascinating combination of Greek history, biography of Byron, and description of the author's own travels through Northern Greece, the Ionian Islands, and Albania. It's helpful in explaining the complexities of the Greek struggle for independence (or ethnic cleansing or civil war) when they spent half their time fighting each other and where neither side was blameless. Byron's character was almost equally complex and interesting. In addition you get for your money an excellent guide to parts of Greece and some insight into the complex and interesting character of Stephen Minto.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1998
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While contemporary British society is tautosemus with conservatism and the British state carries the tradition of an imperialist empire, many a British scholar shall honour his country by giving it its fair place as a lamplighter of humanity. Many an English scholar shall be a freethinker and a truth-seeker and a creator and admirer of true beauty. Such was Byron and such, it appears is Stephen Minta. Though not perfectly factually accurate as he might attempt and desire to be, Stephen Minta achieves with precision an intuition into the nature of Byron that most his predecessors have failed to see or altogether denied. Geniuses like Byron do not conform to the average human standard of behaviour, and are so often misinterpreted and misrepresented. Scholars have denied their understanding to Byron's fascination not with the dead classical Greece but with the surviving Greek spirit. It is notable that the current compilation of Byron's "complete" works does not include few final poems that he did write in Greece and that offer closure to the Giaour, Childe Harold and the Isles of Greece. And beyond his intellectual inheritance to Britain and the world, Byron, the lover of freedom and nations, has most amazingly affected the life of Greece and was finally politically successful even despite himself, even beyond his grave and century. The interpretation of Byron presented in this book by Stephen Minta is chasing away shadows of bogusness and don-quixotism that have been tainting Byron's portrayal. A true pleasure to read and a work for which the times are ripe.
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