☆ The Isle of Stone: A Novel of Ancient Sparta || õ PDF Read by ✓ Nicholas Nicastro


  • Title: The Isle of Stone: A Novel of Ancient Sparta
  • Author: Nicholas Nicastro
  • ISBN: 9780451217127
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback

  • With vivid prose and unswerving attention to historical detail, the author of Empire of Ashes spins a tale of two brothers who rise through Spartan society and meet their fate surrounded by the Athenian navy on the barren island of Sphacteria Original.
    Nicholas Nicastro
    Nicholas Nicastro was born in Astoria, New York in 1963 His education includes a B.A in English from Cornell University 1985 , an M.F.A in filmmaking from New York University 1991 , an M.A in archaeology and a Ph.D in psychology from Cornell 1996 and 2003 He has also worked as a film critic, a hospital orderly, a newspaper reporter, a library archivist, a college lecturer in anthropology and psychology, an animal behaviorist, and an advertising salesman His writings include short fiction, travel and science articles in such publications as The New York Times , The New York Observer , Film Comment , and The International Herald Tribune His books have been published by Penguin, St Martin s, and HarperCollins.


    Commentaires:

    Jane
    On the whole, I enjoyed this novel, despite what I consider flaws. The last sentence is a zinger! The story concerns two Spartan brothers, Antalcidas and Epitadas, their births and education in the Rearing [agoge] where the former earns the nickname "Stone", as he shows himself to be a past master at throwing them accurately. In the Peloponnesian War, the brothers serve together on the Island of Sphacteria, survive its blockade and siege, finally surrendering to the Athenians with their men. Thi [...]

    Sharon
    Entertaining book about the siege of Sphacteria, which takes place approximately 50 years after Thermopylae. The book focuses on two brothers, Epitadas and Antalcidas, who are rivals from childhood (in no small part due to their conniving mother's machinations). The two grow up in the way of Spartiate men, experiencing the difficulties of the agoge, war, etc and eventually are in a garrison on the island of Sphacteria when the Athenians decide to lay siege.The historical research in this book is [...]

    Reid
    Unfortunately I don't think Nicastro really presents us with anything new. If he does, it is in the interactions between Spartans and helots, which are largely undocumented and, where examples exist, bias casts a strong shadow. The affection bewteen Antalcidas and Doulos was nice, as well as the moral issues presented when the Messenians tried to liberate some of their fellow countrymen on the island, mistakenly killing them in the process. My real gripe with Nicastro is that he didn't show us a [...]

    Juliew.
    I enjoyed this story of two brothers in ancient Sparta.One brother is more highly favored than the other and it was rather interesting to see how the spoiled brother would turn out.I loved the details in this such as the festivals and the young brothers going through the so called rearing.I also liked the twist in the end, just when you thought things might not turn out, Spartan honor saves the day or I guess I should say book.

    Jim
    An excellent historical novel set in the time of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta in ancient Greece. The story focuses on two brothers who are part of a Spartan force which becomes trapped on the island of Sphacteria by the Athenian Navy. The story centers on the siege, as the Spartans prepare to make their last stand.

    sarah
    Vaguely historical fiction about ancient Sparta. Set about 50 years after _The 300_, the events of which it references. Fascinating info about growing up/living in Sparta. No idea if it's historically accurate, but it sounds good

    John Warren
    not bad book about 2 spartian brothers

    Kirk Macleod
    Nicolas Nicastro's 2005 novel The Isle of Stone takes a look at Spartan Society nearly sixty years after the battle of Thermopylae, specifically during the battle of Sphacteria (325 BCE). The novel focuses on two Spartan warriors, Antalcidas and Epitadas, brothers who were raised in two very different, but traditional Spartan styes.Much like John Gardiner's The Wreckage of Agathon, The Isle of Stone looks at the Spartan Empire with a jaundiced eye. The empire is portrayed as brutal, and neither [...]

    Charles Franklin
    This was actually a good book that showed more of what life was like in Sparta during the Peloponnesian war. It was gritty, very detailed from historical point of view, and had an ending that I did not expect but felt like the end of a epic movie. I like the fact that Nicastro is able to weave the classic tale of two brothers trying to do the right thing for their country within the confines of Spartan culture. Highly recommended if you like reading about Sparta. I learned a little bit more abou [...]

    Matt Hasquin
    Mundane. Uninteresting in long stretches. Difficult to like the characters. Harmless and easily forgotten.

    PaleHorsemen
    Too many myths about Sparta including the babies being thrown into the pit. And too few likeable characters

    Aidan Nancarrow
    The Battle of Sphacteria serves as as the perfect counterpoint to the oft-mythologized battle of Thermopylae. I appreciate Nicastro's even-handed take on the Spartans. He doesn't effusively gush about the glories of ancient Sparta à la Pressfield (Gates of Fire) but he is not entirely unsympathetic to them either. Antalcidas, our main character, whose secret history as the son of a helot (a kind of slave), introduces a welcome measure of ambiguity to the story. He is secretly suspicious and cri [...]

    T J
    This was one my book challenge and it had great potential to be a good read. Book on the wars of Spartans and Greeks but it fell flat, so flat I could even finish it.

    Mohikanos
    Σίγουρα ένα ενδιαφέρον βιβλίο, από τη στιγμή που αναφέρεται σε μια από τις πιο μαύρες σελίδες της ελληνικής ιστορίας, και περιγράφει ένα γεγονός όχι ιδιαίτερα γνωστό στο ευρύ κοινό. Ο συγγραφέας έχει κάνει έρευνα σε βάθος, και καταφέρνει να σκιαγραφήσει με μεγάλη αποτελεσμ [...]

    Charlie
    More interesting in the first half than the second- about the structure of Spartan life, the phases and rituals of growing from childhood to full male maturity.The build up to the climactic battle is rather boring as is the battle itself.However the strict, harsh life of men is detailed vividly.Expectations of women's roles are visited but less thoroughly. Much emphasis on a class society with helots, slaves, at the bottom rung used as sport for hunting, sexual exploitation, fair game.An enterta [...]

    Fred
    Not the best book that I have ever read but it was passingly good. It takes place during an important battle of the Peloponnesian War in 425 B.C. in which the Athenian Navy had succeeded in isolating several hundred Spartan Warriors on the Island of Sphacteria and they were starving them out while the Spartan Army desperately sought to resupply them or rescue them. How did it turn out? The book is pretty historically accurate, so start reading and find out.

    BDT
    Historical fiction with frequent asides to the modern day - the writing often gets sidetracked on this vein.

    Garrett
    Ok when compared to Gates of Fire. Read it if you're bored.

    Shawn
    Good book on life in Ancient Sparta.

    Jan
    The story of two half brothers who grow up on Sparta. Life of a warrior. They grow up hating each other, go to war, they die!

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