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It's the story of aging sculptor Apollonius, one of the last proponents of classical Greek forms, and of his young apprentice Myron. They're living in an era in which the newly-emerging Christian church is persecuting all things pre-Christian mercilessly, including art, and Apollonius carries with him an enduring love for his mentor, Hypatia of Alexandria, murdered years earlier under that same religious zealotry.
The book illuminates a period of history we seldom see in historical fiction with the exception of the excellent film "Agora," which tells the story of Hypatia herself. Cordair's novel focuses on art and its philosophic underpinnings, a subject to which his other profession - he and his wife run an art gallery in Napa - lends invaluable insight, a palpable thing in this novel. His prose reads almost like poetry, his descriptions of the creative process possess a validity that can't be faked, and his descriptions of the works of sculpture within the story leave you reminding yourself that you've only read about them. You feel as though you've seen and touched them, in person. That is an amazing accomplishment for a writer.
Mr. Cordair has also got a talent for creating cinematic mental imagery effortlessly, with an understatement that lends all the more power to the events that transpire in the book. (This would make an excellent movie if it had the right director, and...) The only criticism I have of Idolatry Book I is that it's more of a novella than a novel - it's surprisingly short, on subject matter and history that could easily support an epic. Apollonius' time with Hypatia could have supported a fully fleshed-out exposition - the romantic scenes in Egypt are some of the most powerful in the novel, if brief; also his escape from Alexandria and odyssey to the small city where the story ends up, etc. In that sense it reminds me of the Anderson / Peart collaboration "Clockwork Angels" - which focused on some of the same themes. "More of this, please!"
Not to worry, Idolatry Book II is in the queue.
A can't-go-wrong book for anyone who loves beauty, freedom and art that expresses them, written in a style fully consistent with those themes. There is a bright, open sense of clarity and inspiration in this novel that will remain with you long after you've read it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating and easy to read 'novella"? I read it all in one sunny afternoon. The characters, the underlying philosophical assumptions and motives came alive to me. I even started eating figs and cheese (you'll see references to those in the first few pages):-)
I personally LOVED, the initially veiled then later, stated references to Hypatia - delighting myself to 'guess' it instantly.
Many historical figures are intertwined throughout the story and I had a lot of fun catching the references and subtle clues.
I'm reserving the fifth star for the future books in this series, as I DO want to learn what became of the key characters who walked into a seemingly disaster ending of this book, and how that ties into the next book that jumps a number of centuries.
In summary a thoroughly enjoyable read of a book that has solid philosophical underpinnings.
Intriguingly, the next in the series, sampled at the end, jumps over a thousand years into the future: so it will be interesting to see how the author eventually ties it all together as a unified work.
My only disappointment in the book (besides the length -- more a long novella than a full novel, when I would have liked to stay in that world rather longer!) is a rather grim ending for my tastes. But I suspect their story will not end there as the series continues its travels around history.
My eyes welled with tears of tender joy and love whilst discovering how Apollonius and Myron's relationship came to be. And I'm barely half way through!
This book is inexplicably robust and beautiful.
Thank you Quent, for being alive to pen your glorious world with kindred souls to whom you can share your brilliance with.