The Wreckage of Agathon by John Gardner

By John Gardner

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1970
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Laid to waste through drink, Agathon, a seer, is a shell of a guy. He sits imprisoned together with his apprentice, Peeker, for his presumed involvement in a uprising opposed to the Spartan tyrant Lykourgos. constrained to a mobile, the boys produce awesome writings that illustrate the tales in their lives and  give witness to Agathon’s deterioration and the expansion of Peeker from a bashful younger apprentice to a confident and passionate seer.  

Captivating and innovative, The Wreckage of Agathon is a tribute to writer John Gardner’s ardour for historic storytelling and people common topics that span the process all human civilization.      

This e-book includes a new illustrated biography of John Gardner, together with unique letters, infrequent photographs, and never-before-seen files from the Gardner relations and the collage of Rochester documents.

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Thomas, you are incorrigible,” said Anne fondly. ” I nodded, having no idea what she meant. As we neared the Tower I stared up at the forbidding wall with its narrow slits. From the squared battlements protruded tall spikes topped with what looked like bundles of blackened rags. I squinted in order to see better. ” I asked, imitating Anne’s accent. She burst out laughing. “Yes, it is a menagerie—of criminals and traitors! ” Emme hissed. ” As I stared, the raglike bundles resolved themselves into skulls with torn flesh like strips of stiff leather.

What monstrous creatures were here? In the dimness I glimpsed the tawny hide of a beast straining against an iron collar, the fur around its face like a giant ruff, sharp teeth bared. Feeling my gorge rise with panic, I pushed my way out of the Tower and ran into the courtyard, gasping the damp air. All the way back to Whitehall, everyone talked of the queen’s menagerie. The roaring beast I had glimpsed was called a lion. The catlike wailing came from a leopard, one of four in an iron cage, Emme said.

I cannot, Your Majesty,” I replied, for I was trembling all over. “Without your gracious help,” I added. Then the queen took my wrists and lifted me to my feet. Her hands were slim, her fingers long and tapered. I counted four rings on each hand. “Do not fear to look upon me, child. Think of me as your mother now,” she said. It was a command, though softly spoken. I lifted up my eyes to meet hers. They were bright and pale. She smiled and it was like the sun beaming from behind a cloud. I no longer saw graying hair against her cheek.

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