- File Size: 705 KB
- Print Length: 13 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Anne Brooke Books; 2nd Edition edition (September 26, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 26, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FGOKOLA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,735,693 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Dido's Tale Kindle Edition
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Something I always disliked was that Virgil had Dido committing suicide in a flamboyant way which must have destroyed a good part of her city. But of course, he told the story from Aeneas' point of view. Brooke tells it from Dido's.
Entirely from Dido's really. I learned very little about Aeneas that I didn't already know, what with the claiming of Venus as his mother. That kind surprised me that Brooke used the Roman, rather than the Greek names for the gods. The Roman Republic is still centuries in the future. So why use the Roman names? That one detail really bothered me.
But otherwise one gets a clear sense of Dido as a strong accomplished woman. I was fascinated and as always wanted more when I had finished reading it.
The queen of the city, Dido, speaks about her deceased husband and how mean he was to her. Then she tells us of a night she started dreaming of eagles. And the next day a bunch of men in a large ship came to her shore. She greeted them and welcomed them to her kingdom. Especially Aeneas, who was the leader or at least the first to come forward. The Queen Dido spoke of never being a harsh ruler and asked herself how could she refuse food to those who were starving, or shelter to those who were homeless? So all were welcomed. She was very interested in Aeneas as she looked into his eyes. She said there was fire in them.
She had feasts and all kinds of things ready for Aeneas and his men. But there was a special place at her table for Aeneas as he spoke of gods and godesses of which the queen did not believe in but she indulged him.
One night Queen Dido and Aeneas took a walk and he encouraged her to speak for a change and she told him of all of her troubles. That is when the secret romance began.
I do not want to say much more, but this, for as short as it was, was very interesting, and gripping and I enjoyed it. I did not expect the ending. I loved the authors descriptions of everything. I would definitely read another book by this author.
As always, Ms. Brooke's writing is sensuous and poetic in this retelling of a Virgil's classic romance. What emerges is a remarkable portrait of a woman with a will and sense of duty as strong as any man's, and the complexity of sexual identities and gender roles.