The Last of the Wine

The Last of the Wine In The Last of the Wine two young Athenians Alexias and Lysis compete in the palaestra journey to the Olympic games fight in the wars against Sparta and study under Socrates As their relationshi
  • Title: The Last of the Wine
  • Author: Mary Renault
  • ISBN: 9780375726811
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Last of the Wine
    In The Last of the Wine, two young Athenians, Alexias and Lysis, compete in the palaestra, journey to the Olympic games, fight in the wars against Sparta, and study under Socrates As their relationship develops, Renault expertly conveys Greek culture, showing the impact of this supreme philosopher whose influence spans epochs.
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  • Mary Renault

    Mary Renault was an English writer best known for her historical novels set in Ancient Greece In addition to vivid fictional portrayals of Theseus, Socrates, Plato and Alexander the Great, she wrote a non fiction biography of Alexander.Her historical novels are all set in ancient Greece They include a pair of novels about the mythological hero Theseus and a trilogy about the career of Alexander the Great In a sense, The Charioteer 1953 , the story of two young gay servicemen in the 1940s who try to model their relationship on the ideals expressed in Plato s Phaedrus and Symposium, is a warm up for Renault s historical novels By turning away from the 20th century and focusing on stories about male lovers in the warrior societies of ancient Greece, Renault no longer had to deal with homosexuality and anti gay prejudice as social problems Instead she was free to focus on larger ethical and philosophical concerns, while examining the nature of love and leadership The Charioteer could not be published in the U.S until 1959, after the success of The Last of the Wine proved that American readers and critics would accept a serious gay love story.


  • I cannot remember how I discovered Mary Renault s novels, but most likely at my local library which I haunted Although I read them all as a teenager, many years ago, their beauty and humanity are still a strong influence While The King Must Die and the Alexandrian books may have had a stronger impact, it is the delicacy of the relationship between the young lovers portrayed in The Last of the Wine that remains with me Because of her empathetic portrayal of love between men, many of Mary Renault [...]

  • Renault once again does a stellar job bringing Classical Greece to life with the story of Alexias, scion of a minor patrician family in Athens during the era when the city felt turmoil both from within and from without as they experienced not only the aggression of Sparta during Peloponnesian War, but also the existence of philosopher and iconoclast Sokrates At its core this is a tale about love, primarily the love of Alexias for his best friend and lover Lysis though it is also about the differ [...]

  • The Last of the Wine, although set in the ancient Greek world, like the Fire from Heaven trilogy, it s a very different work Even though the three works of the trilogy have some fabulous characters, and some fabulous character development, the action and the spectacle of Alexander s life is just as much as big a part of the book The Last of the Wine is very different Although it takes place in Greece in the fifth century BC, the time of the great upheaval caused by the Peloponnesian Wars, and th [...]

  • Another gorgeous historical novel from Mary Renault I love how casually bisexual she paints Ancient Anthenian society It s entirely normal for two men to be lovers while having female mistresses and wives Only complaint is that I wanted to see of the love relationship between Lysis Alexias It was telling than showing I realize, however, that showing a healthy loving sexual relationship between two men in a book written in 1958, wasn t quite do able Still excellent.

  • Short review This is one of the best books I ve ever had the privilege of reading.Long review I put off finishing this book for a long time years but only because I love the characters so deeply, and based on the book s sad opening, I was afraid of a sad ending Normally this wouldn t cause me to hesitate, as I like sad endings, but in this case, I was so incredibly attached to the characters, I couldn t bear the thought of it.And the characters are, for me, the absolute heart of this book I love [...]

  • From the first sentence this novel has easily become my favourite I made it a tradition to read it each year and have done so now for the 15th time Some may call it obsessive, but I have to say that each time I read it I found something new in it that made me reflect on life in a different way You can not read a book and expect it to change your life, it will change your life at precisely the moment you need it The Last of the Wine has done that for me over and over again.First of all it is my d [...]

  • I read this book for the first time in high school in 1999 when we were studying World History I re read it in 2010 and it is still one of my favorite books of all time It s very historical and beautifully written Overall it is incredibly brilliant I love ancient history, specifically Greece, so this book was a dream for me The book is set in Athens, Greece during the time of the Peloponnesian Wars and follows the life of Alexias, a young Greek boy We are able to experience Alexias life, love an [...]

  • This books relates the story of the Peloponesian wars and the decline of Athens from the perspective of a young boy growing into a man This in itself held my attention, but I found it even compelling because of the historically relevent same sex relationship between the protagonist and his best friend and lover It was an eye opening experience because it is the first and only book I ve read with this type of relationship central to a story It is never graphic, just tender and thoughtful All the [...]

  • I tried to like this book I really did After all, I remember being thoroughly engrossed in author s Persian Boy years ago But I gave up on Wine after 50 pages the problems for me were 1 Had to stop and look up too many things which characters existed in history, what some customs were like the Herms placed in front of homes , words such as Helots, Demos.2 Had to read slowly in order to decode sentences In dialogues between two people, Renault would write the conversation in one paragraph, separa [...]

  • The best evocation of the ancient world I ve ever read or at least a small part of the ancient world for a particular 25 years The story is told by Alexias, who grows from a small boy in Athens to a very mature and experienced man of about 30, who at the close of the book is about to see his well loved Socrates put to death As far as I can tell, Renault gets everything right, every prejudice, every detail of geography, every detail of history She has reconstructed Athenian life, reflecting one w [...]

  • It s funny that I decided to read this now, not knowing anything about the plot other than it is set in Ancient Greece I d read some of Renault s other books and enjoyed them very much when I was a kid and thought I d revisit her work I found this one very contemplative I was surprised to find her meditations on the nature of democracy and authoritarianism so relevant to the present day.

  • I regard myself as pretty knowledgeable interested in classical Greece, so was surprised to find myself flailing at the beginning of this historical novel Renault really throws her readers in at the deep end and her setting, Athens towards the end of the Peloponnesian War, feels exceptionally alien and confusing to negotiate at first Renault just piles on all the quirks and s of the culture with no explanation or excuse you have to work it all out for yourself However, the love affair between he [...]

  • This book was a lot of work, the most challenging book I ve read, but it ended up being worth it.I read this for a book club and if I had of been reading it on my own I probably wouldn t have finished it I m glad I did.Before reading, I was advised to brush up on my Greek history I have no idea where one would do this I ve never studied Greek history and knew nothing, nothing, going in.I ve never before read a book where you have to take notes, I ve always kind of believed reading to be for plea [...]

  • At times, I was completely drawn into it, but other times, it seemed to move a bit slow However, the end was really, truly tragic, leaving me stunned Overall, a good read, indeed.

  • This is an extraordinary piece of work Renault has a command of the era she writes about that is as strong if not stronger than any period author I have encountered, and in her case that accomplishment is all the powerful as the period and culture that she is portraying is further afield than that of the vast majority of other authors, even those who tackle period pieces as their major area of effort.In Renault s case, that expertise is clearly from a deep and extensive reading of history What [...]

  • I stumbled across this in the Book Grocer and was intrigued by cover blurbs from Hilary Mantel and Emma Donoghue I d never heard of it but it turns out it s absolutely in my wheelhouse if you like Socratic philosophy, ancient Greek history and the Captive Prince trilogy, this is highly recommended Renault was in a same sex relationship but I liked that there was no retconning of modern sexuality into this story On the contrary the values of ancient Athens are assumed and naturalised, and customs [...]

  • These notes were made in 1992 A homophile friend of mine long ago recommended Mary Renault, and I picked up one of her books The Praise Singer, I think and did not greatly enjoy it But this one fully justified my friend s praises If the reading of it had one drawback and it was my failure, not Renault s , it was that my background in Greek literature history is not strong enough to experience the full deliciousness of her reinvention of the characters of Athenian and Spartan history I know a lit [...]

  • The Last of the WineBy Mary RenaultThis novel by Mary Renault is one of those stories that make you wonder whether she didn t somehow actually live in Greece of the fifth century B C because she makes that time come so alive to the reader The story revolves around Alexias, a noble Athenian youth growing into adulthood during the Peloponnesian War Although he spends much of his time at the feet of various philosophers, including Plato and Sokrates, he also works out at the gymnasium, argues with [...]

  • 2.5 stars, really Rounding up because I can t give it a half It s not what I expected or wanted, it s of a history lesson of sorts, than anything, with a bit of philosophy If you re looking into it because you re interested in m m romance like I was, this is not the book for you Instead of depicting a homosexual relationship as the genres may imply, you could say it s better defined as biromantic heterosexuality, if we re getting technical, seeing as the narrator Alexias suggests that being se [...]

  • Rating this book is so difficult For right now I m going to be on the conservative side Seeing that my conservative side is four stars, that still means I loved this book a lot Edit I ve had this book percolating in my brain awhile and I really wish let you do.5 stars, because this is a strong 4.5 for me But as always, I round down I think a book that you randomly think about during the day and enters you into a WORLD OF PAIN each time you do and in a good way, as good as a world of pain can be [...]

  • I assigned this book to Western Civ 101 students all through my teaching career It s a clear personal favourite Renault looks at the end of the great war between Athens and Sparta and the collapse of Athenian democracy and Athenian power Beautiful, spare, austere writing, finely crafted characters, and a heartbreaking love story as well Renault wasn t afraid a generation ago to see that the love story would have to be same sex, and to depict a world where her young hero would find an older, male [...]

  • I read this book when I was in high school and it had a tremendous impact on my life I was already interested in history and this really focused my attention on the Hellenistic period of Greek history I moved on to the Alexander trilogy immediately after as well as several others I even talked my western civilization prof in college into accepting a book report of this book because it was listed in the suggested reading of our textbook.Her writings led me to a lifelong fascination with ancient h [...]

  • Not quite sure what to think of this book Some list had it mentioned as the 2nd best Historical Fiction book of all time Not that good Solid work by the author, but I leave with a feeling that all those old Greek males did nothing but sit around looking for young men to fall in love with, as homosexuality is a huge part of this story As is friendship and the Peloponnesian War It seems very thoroughly researched but it is a very slow book Not tedious but the style is such that any dialogue that a [...]

  • I read this novel when I was twelve and at the time what most impressed me was the homo erotcism which was taken for granted in the story while all around me the social ideal of the wife and two veg were held up as that of all normal and socially well adjusted persons to follow Reading The Last of the Wine again nearly half a century later, I am amazed that I recall so little of the accounts of hardship, devestation, brutality and cruelty which features very strongly in the novel, much strongly [...]

  • I bought this book from Atlantis Books in Oia, Santorini, Greece it was in their so you want to understand Greece section I had read a handful of Renault previously, and I knew this one was highly respected I picked it because we were next headed on a slow ferry to Athens and I wanted context for my surroundings But I didn t know this book was going to deeply touch me, make my heart ache for the tragedy at the end of the Athens golden age, and consider my own culture s place in the march of hist [...]

  • Charlotte Mendelson, the author of the introduction, said that Mary Renault was an Ancient Greek and believed us all to be Ancient Greeks The power in Renault s prose shows that she truly knew how to convey the commonalities between those living thousands of years ago and those living today that our emotions, thoughts, and relationships are basically the same.That s why I was able to read this novel and feel engaged the entire time, because its written in that universal understanding of the thin [...]

  • Shall I sing now Singing is easy I saw you dead, and beyond it nothing Only toil for a burned harvest, with spring and summer lost And now I have told you, though I never let wine loosen my tongue before Have you heard enough Actually, 3,5 stars.For all those who thought depictions of gay like relationships in Ancient Greece started with the Song of Achilles, think again This one dates back to the 1950s, which is both tremendously progressive but also definitely the reason for so many things Lik [...]

  • I read this as a fan of the modern m m romance found on line who is academically curious about the history of the genre This book is as exactly as circumspect as one would expect for something published in the 1950s Questions I would love the answer to was it read by a female audience in its time the same way m m is consumed today Is this an antecedent to what is found today, or despite the female author was it always pitched to a primarily gay male audience there s definitely a thesis that coul [...]

  • Read Pauline Montagna s review She sums this book up better than I can Or better yet, just read this book It is fabulous.I do want to add that the opening chapter of this book is a masterclass on how to show, not tell The story s narrator, Alexias, is writing for people in his own time so he doesn t bother explaining anything he takes for granted but the amount of information Mary Renault provides the reader by what Alexias doesn t say, as much as what he does say, is impressive It opens with on [...]

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