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Amber and Clay von Laura Amy Schlitz
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Amber and Clay (2021. Auflage)

von Laura Amy Schlitz (Autor), Julia Iredale (Illustrator)

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Mitglied:Familyhistorian
Titel:Amber and Clay
Autoren:Laura Amy Schlitz (Autor)
Weitere Autoren:Julia Iredale (Illustrator)
Info:Candlewick (2021), 544 pages
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In ancient Greece (circa 400 BCE), two children find their fates linked. Rhaskos is born a Thracian slave and his mother loves him dearly, but she's sold away. Now, he finds comfort in drawing horses in the dirt and his talks with philosopher Sokrates. Melisto is born wealthy and privileged, but has a mother who hates her and a father who is gone more often than he's at home. When she is selected to be a bear for the goddess Artemis at Brauron, she finds a place where she is happy and free. When a freak accident happens, Melisto and Rhaskos' lives are connected on the path to find Rhaskos' freedom.

I absolutely loved the two main characters in Amber and Clay, and their connection to the title as well. The section where you read about Melisto in Brauron as a bear was one of my favorite parts of the book - oh to be a child, allowed to do whatever you please in a wilderness sanctuary and you become friends with a bear cub!

This was told in verse form and at first I was worried I wouldn't like it, but I quickly fell in love. The writing varied - there were a couple of different narrators besides Rhaskos and Melisto, mostly Greek Gods (Hermes was my favorite). The descriptions were amazing:

“She knew her mother was an attractive woman, but there was something feral about Lysandra’s grace, something that reminded her of a weasel she had once watched kill a snake.”

Mostly, I loved the exhibits, the "relics" from that era, that were given between chapters and were described like museum pieces. They gave the readers little insights to answers the museum descriptions may be asking. Even at my age, it would kind of make me giggle a bit when I knew the answers.

I would highly recommend this for all lovers of historical fiction, Ancient Greek history, and those who love a good story. ( )
  oldandnewbooksmell | Sep 24, 2021 |
Diese Rezension wurde für LibraryThing Early Reviewers geschrieben.
The book "Amber & Clay" told a story through an interesting mix of prose and poetry. Much of the inspiration for the tale came from the artifacts which were pictured in its pages, often beginning a section. It was difficult to get into at the beginning, but once I had its rhythm down and the story started to follow certain characters, I found it involving. I also found it interesting to learn more about the society of early Greece.
  Familyhistorian | Sep 17, 2021 |
Set in ancient Greece, this book mostly tells the story of Rhaskos, a Thracian boy, whose mother is sold to a wealthy family to raise their wild child, Melisto. Melisto loves her father and despises her mother, and is eventually sent off to become part of a religious sect to honor the god, Artemis. Meanwhile, Rhaskos is sold first to a family where he becomes a plaything for one of the two sons, Menon, who is abusive. When Menon tires of Rhaskos, he is sold to a potter in Athens. The potter is strict, and Rhaskos bonds with his bunkmate, a donkey. But the potter's wife treats Rhaskos as the son she could not birth. Intertwined throughout the story is some Greek mythology (especially Hermes), and Sokrates takes a shine to Rhaskos, because he thinks more deeply or perhaps less conventionally than others who speak with Sokrates. I think readers interested in ancient Greece life and their gods will like this, but others may not. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Set in ancient Greece during the period of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.E.) and its aftermath, this is a tale told in verse, prose, and artifacts of two star-crossed characters Rhaskos, a Thracian slave and Melisto, the daughter of an Athenian slaveholder. It’s not like Romeo and Juliet or even Pyramus and Thisbe. Its parallel is Akhilleus and Penthesilea united at the point of death. It’s the wondrously told life of two children growing up during a time of slavery and war.

Fittingly, since the philosopher Sokrates is one of the characters, who is famous for asking thought proving questions, the book poses hard questions for young readers about life, death, war, slavery, and failures of human justice throughout the book, without easy answers. Instead, philosopher, gods and goddesses ask the reader what do you think? When one of the central characters is struck dead by a bolt of lightning, a sphinx speaks asking those hard questions :

Don’t ask me. I’m the Sphinx.
I ask riddles. I don’t answer them.
I can tell you this:
sooner or later
you’ll find yourself here:
the place where nothing makes sense,
the place where you ask: What does life mean?
You’ll be shocked,
or suffering,
and you’ll want to know why

…and then life will go on
not answering,
and the wheel will turn, till there comes a time
when you look at the world
and feel such wonder,
such tenderness,
you’ll want to cup the earth in your hands;
so much mystery!
such richness of life!
such intricate patterns…
-- pages 216-217

This book has all the vivid imaginings of ancient Greece that I savored in Mary Renault’s The Bull from the Sea and The King Must Die ( )
  MaowangVater | Jun 27, 2021 |
Diese Rezension wurde für LibraryThing Early Reviewers geschrieben.
Travel back in time to Ancient Greece through the poetry and prose of Newbery Medal Winner Laura Amy Schlitz. It was a time when people were restricted to the boundaries of class. A time when households owned slaves. Melisto was born into a noble family, but unloved by her mother; while Rhaskos was born to a slave woman, who loved him with all her heart. This girl and boy with nothing in common would someday forge a friendship that would free them both. This is their story told in their voices and in the voices of others like the Greek god Hermes and the philosopher Sokrates. This haunting tale of a wellborn girl and a slave boy illustrates power of friendship and love that knows no bounds.

The Bottom Line: Don't be dissuaded from picking up this book because of its page count; the mix of poetry, prose, and illustrations of archaeological exhibits makes for quick reading. The author deftly transforms the reader into the audience, and the story is like watching a play. Once I started reading, I was transfixed. Very highly recommended for young adults and adult interested in historical fiction, Greek mythology, and supernatural tales of friendship. ( )
  aya.herron | Apr 26, 2021 |
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