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Golden Mean [SIGNED]

Lyon, Annabel

Editorial: Random House of Canada Ltd, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2009
ISBN 10: 0307356205 / ISBN 13: 9780307356208
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Librería: Bag End Books (MISSISSAUGA, ON, Canada)
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Título: Golden Mean [SIGNED]

Editorial: Random House of Canada Ltd, Toronto, ON, Canada

Año de publicación: 2009

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro: Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

Edición: 1st Edition

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A fine copy in navy boards with gold (of course) lettering on the spine in a fine, unclipped dust jacket. SIGNED - NOT INSCRIBED - BY ANNABEL LYON ON THE TITLE PAGE. This is a first edition, second printing with a number line down to "2". It is a tight, clean copy with no markings of any kind. DJ protected by Brodart. N° de ref. de la librería 001492

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Sinopsis: On the orders of his boyhood friend, now King Philip of Macedon, Aristotle postpones his dreams of succeeding Plato as leader of the Academy in Athens and reluctantly arrives in the Macedonian capital of Pella to tutor the king?s adolescent sons. An early illness has left one son with the intellect of a child; the other is destined for greatness but struggles between a keen mind that craves instruction and the pressures of a society that demands his prowess as a soldier. 
 
Initially Aristotle hopes for a short stay in what he considers the brutal backwater of his childhood. But, as a man of relentless curiosity and reason, Aristotle warms to the challenge of instructing his young charges, particularly Alexander, in whom he recognizes a kindred spirit, an engaged, questioning mind coupled with a unique sense of position and destiny.
 
Aristotle struggles to match his ideas against the warrior culture that is Alexander?s birthright. He feels that teaching this startling, charming, sometimes horrifying boy is a desperate necessity. And that what the boy ? thrown before his time onto his father?s battlefields ? needs most is to learn the golden mean, that elusive balance between extremes that Aristotle hopes will mitigate the boy?s will to conquer.
 
Aristotle struggles to inspire balance in Alexander, and he finds he must also play a cat-and-mouse game of power and influence with Philip in order to manage his own ambitions.
 
As Alexander?s position as Philip?s heir strengthens and his victories on the battlefield mount, Aristotle?s attempts to instruct him are honoured, but increasingly unheeded. And despite several troubling incidents on the field of battle, Alexander remains steadfast in his desire to further the reach of his empire to all known and unknown corners of the world, rendering the intellectual pursuits Aristotle offers increasingly irrelevant.
 
Exploring this fabled time and place, Annabel Lyon tells her story in the earthy, frank, and perceptive voice of Aristotle himself. With sensual and muscular prose, she explores how Aristotle?s genius touched the boy who would conquer the known world. And she reveals how we still live with the ghosts of both men.

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"It is testament to Lyon's talent that she has shaped history into a narrative not only gripping, but also accessible and poignant, even tender . . . Beautifully researched and written . . . A novel that is brave enough to raise the universal questions about how a man should live his life [and] that describes with amazing authority the flaws and growth of one of our greatest philosophers as well as his famous student . . . What could be more relevant to our own troubled times?"
--"Boston Globe"
"A splendidly intelligent and entertaining novel about the ancient world . . . Here's a story that gives us the classical world with everyday liveliness and narrative force, without ever sacrificing intellectual integrity and historical accuracy."
--Alan Cheuse, "NPR/All Things Considered"
"A sensational first novel . . . Not to be missed . . . While "The Golden Mean" is beautifully written, its compressed prose both fleet and rhythmic, the novel's pleasures are closer toh

"This quietly ambitious and beautifully achieved novel is one of the most convincing historical novels I have ever read." --Hilary Mantel, Booker Award-winning author of "Wolf Hall "
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"[Lyon] has shaped history into a narrative not only gripping, but also accessible and poignant, even tender.... Here we have a novel that is brave enough to raise the universal questions about how a man should live his life." --"The Boston Globe "
"Sensational. . . . "The Golden Mean"] hooked me as a first novel should, carried me along, and left me determined to read whatever the author writes next." --Taylor Antrim, "The Daily Beast "
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"Here's a story that gives us the classical world with everyday liveliness and narrative force, without ever sacrificing intellectual integrity and historical accuracy. . . . Splendidly intelligent and entertaining." --NPR, "All Things Considered"
"[A] vivid imagining of the encounter between Aristotle and the young Alexander the Great . . . Lyon's evocation of the ancient world is earthy and immediate." --"The New Yorker"
"As authoritative and compelling as Mary Renault's renowned novels set in the ancient world. One hopes we may learn more about Lyon's immeasurably brilliant, unflappably human Aristotle." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred)
"I absolutely loved "The Golden Mean." Annabel Lyon brings the philosophers and warriors, artists and whores, princes and slaves of ancient Macedonia alive, with warmth, wit and poignancy. Impeccably researched and brilliantly told, this novel is utterly convincing." --Marie Phillips, author of "Gods Behaving Badly"
""The Golden Mean" is more than a brilliant and beautifully told novel: it's also a profound exploration of moral and philosophical issues that have troubled and perplexed us since Aristotle." --Russell Banks, author of "Cloudsplitter"
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"Lyon draws the curtain back on the smoke-filled huts and palace chambers that shaped the lives of these two great men, whose mutual admiration and intellect transformed civilization. It's historical fiction at its finest." --"Louisville Courier-Journal "
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"The 4th century BC and the youth of Alexander the Great are marvelously re-imagined in Lyon's justifiably garlanded novel . . . The daily intrigues of the court, the visceral aspects of battle, philosophical discussion, and Aristotle's household are all evoked in measured, burnished prose, which combines thrilling immediacy with a stately timelessness." --"The Guardian "(London)
"Lyon [has] established herself as this generation's answer to Alice Munro. A master of wordplay and storytelling, Lyon takes readers deep into the hearts and secret desires of her characters." --"The Vancouver Sun "
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"Extraordinary. . . . It's entertaining to watch for the places in the novel where Lyon integrates the development of Aristotle's thought and the seeds of his greatest works. . . . "The Golden Mean "gives us a life of Aristotle, and a life of Alexander, that we can feel, rather than just hear. . . . Lyon's powerfully imagined novel deserves its critical and popular success, as it effectively dramatizes key moments in the story of Aristotle's new loves, and it's also a lot of fun to read." --"Open Letters Monthly"
"This is Lyon's first novel, and it is a remarkable one. . . . "The Golden Mean" does beautifully what the best historical novels do. It recreates a past time whose manners are different from ours; yet it shows what is permanent in human nature . . . This is an outstanding novel, admirably structured, economical and evocative, keenly intelligent, amusing and sad--a book in which imagination and intellect are yoked in harmony." --"The Scotsman"
"It takes chutzpah to make your main characters Aristotle and Alexander the Great, but Lyon pulls it off; she has the gift of finding the pulse of the ancient world and bringing it back to glorious life . . . Gripping, with a powerful sense of time and place." --"The Times "(London)
"While no one can ever really know how Aristotle spoke or thought, it's to Lyon's considerable credit that "The Golden Mean" convinces you you're in the great man's mind. Questions of philosophy, spirituality, sexuality and politics are all posed here, but in a narrative voice that's sensually charged, keenly intelligent and darkly--sometimes very darkly--funny." --"The Toronto Star "

This quietly ambitious and beautifully achieved novel is one of the most convincing historical novels I have ever read. Hilary Mantel, Booker Award-winning author of "Wolf Hall"
""
[Lyon] has shaped history into a narrative not only gripping, but also accessible and poignant, even tender . Here we have a novel that is brave enough to raise the universal questions about how a man should live his life. "The Boston Globe"
Sensational. . . . "The Golden Mean"] hooked me as a first novel should, carried me along, and left me determined to read whatever the author writes next. Taylor Antrim, "The Daily Beast "
""
Here s a story that gives us the classical world with everyday liveliness and narrative force, without ever sacrificing intellectual integrity and historical accuracy. . . . Splendidly intelligent and entertaining. NPR, All Things Considered
[A] vivid imagining of the encounter between Aristotle and the young Alexander the Great . . . Lyon s evocation of the ancient world is earthy and immediate. "The New Yorker"
As authoritative and compelling as Mary Renault s renowned novels set in the ancient world. One hopes we may learn more about Lyon s immeasurably brilliant, unflappably human Aristotle. "Kirkus Reviews" (starred)
I absolutely loved "The Golden Mean." Annabel Lyon brings the philosophers and warriors, artists and whores, princes and slaves of ancient Macedonia alive, with warmth, wit and poignancy. Impeccably researched and brilliantly told, this novel is utterly convincing. Marie Phillips, author of "Gods Behaving Badly"
"The Golden Mean"is more than a brilliant and beautifully told novel: it s also a profound exploration of moral and philosophical issues that have troubled and perplexed us since Aristotle. Russell Banks, author of "Cloudsplitter"
""
Lyon draws the curtain back on the smoke-filled huts and palace chambers that shaped the lives of these two great men, whose mutual admiration and intellect transformed civilization. It s historical fiction at its finest. "Louisville Courier-Journal "
""
The 4th century BC and the youth of Alexander the Great are marvelously re-imagined in Lyon s justifiably garlanded novel . . . The daily intrigues of the court, the visceral aspects of battle, philosophical discussion, and Aristotle s household are all evoked in measured, burnished prose, which combines thrilling immediacy with a stately timelessness. "The Guardian "(London)
Lyon [has] established herself as this generation s answer to Alice Munro. A master of wordplay and storytelling, Lyon takes readers deep into the hearts and secret desires of her characters. "The Vancouver Sun "
""
Extraordinary. . . . It s entertaining to watch for the places in the novel where Lyon integrates the development of Aristotle s thought and the seeds of his greatest works. . . . "The Golden Mean "gives us a life of Aristotle, and a life of Alexander, that we can feel, rather than just hear. . . . Lyon s powerfully imagined novel deserves its critical and popular success, as it effectively dramatizes key moments in the story of Aristotle s new loves, and it s also a lot of fun to read. "Open Letters Monthly"
This is Lyon s first novel, and it is a remarkable one. . . . "The Golden Mean" does beautifully what the best historical novels do. It recreates a past time whose manners are different from ours; yet it shows what is permanent in human nature . . . This is an outstanding novel, admirably structured, economical and evocative, keenly intelligent, amusing and sad a book in which imagination and intellect are yoked in harmony. "The Scotsman"
It takes chutzpah to make your main characters Aristotle and Alexander the Great, but Lyon pulls it off; she has the gift of finding the pulse of the ancient world and bringing it back to glorious life . . . Gripping, with a powerful sense of time and place. "The Times "(London)
While no one can ever really know how Aristotle spoke or thought, it s to Lyon s considerable credit that "The Golden Mean" convinces you you re in the great man s mind. Questions of philosophy, spirituality, sexuality and politics are all posed here, but in a narrative voice that s sensually charged, keenly intelligent and darkly sometimes very darkly funny. "The Toronto Star "
"

This quietly ambitious and beautifully achieved novel is one of the most convincing historical novels I have ever read. Hilary Mantel, Booker Award-winning author of Wolf Hall

[Lyon] has shaped history into a narrative not only gripping, but also accessible and poignant, even tender . Here we have a novel that is brave enough to raise the universal questions about how a man should live his life. The Boston Globe
Sensational. . . . The Golden Mean] hooked me as a first novel should, carried me along, and left me determined to read whatever the author writes next. Taylor Antrim, The Daily Beast

Here s a story that gives us the classical world with everyday liveliness and narrative force, without ever sacrificing intellectual integrity and historical accuracy. . . . Splendidly intelligent and entertaining. NPR, All Things Considered
[A] vivid imagining of the encounter between Aristotle and the young Alexander the Great . . . Lyon s evocation of the ancient world is earthy and immediate. The New Yorker
As authoritative and compelling as Mary Renault s renowned novels set in the ancient world. One hopes we may learn more about Lyon s immeasurably brilliant, unflappably human Aristotle. Kirkus Reviews (starred)
I absolutely loved The Golden Mean. Annabel Lyon brings the philosophers and warriors, artists and whores, princes and slaves of ancient Macedonia alive, with warmth, wit and poignancy. Impeccably researched and brilliantly told, this novel is utterly convincing. Marie Phillips, author of Gods Behaving Badly
The Golden Meanis more than a brilliant and beautifully told novel: it s also a profound exploration of moral and philosophical issues that have troubled and perplexed us since Aristotle. Russell Banks, author of Cloudsplitter

Lyon draws the curtain back on the smoke-filled huts and palace chambers that shaped the lives of these two great men, whose mutual admiration and intellect transformed civilization. It s historical fiction at its finest. Louisville Courier-Journal

The 4th century BC and the youth of Alexander the Great are marvelously re-imagined in Lyon s justifiably garlanded novel . . . The daily intrigues of the court, the visceral aspects of battle, philosophical discussion, and Aristotle s household are all evoked in measured, burnished prose, which combines thrilling immediacy with a stately timelessness. The Guardian (London)
Lyon [has] established herself as this generation s answer to Alice Munro. A master of wordplay and storytelling, Lyon takes readers deep into the hearts and secret desires of her characters. The Vancouver Sun

Extraordinary. . . . It s entertaining to watch for the places in the novel where Lyon integrates the development of Aristotle s thought and the seeds of his greatest works. . . . The Golden Mean gives us a life of Aristotle, and a life of Alexander, that we can feel, rather than just hear. . . . Lyon s powerfully imagined novel deserves its critical and popular success, as it effectively dramatizes key moments in the story of Aristotle s new loves, and it s also a lot of fun to read. Open Letters Monthly
This is Lyon s first novel, and it is a remarkable one. . . . The Golden Mean does beautifully what the best historical novels do. It recreates a past time whose manners are different from ours; yet it shows what is permanent in human nature . . . This is an outstanding novel, admirably structured, economical and evocative, keenly intelligent, amusing and sad a book in which imagination and intellect are yoked in harmony. The Scotsman
It takes chutzpah to make your main characters Aristotle and Alexander the Great, but Lyon pulls it off; she has the gift of finding the pulse of the ancient world and bringing it back to glorious life . . . Gripping, with a powerful sense of time and place. The Times (London)
While no one can ever really know how Aristotle spoke or thought, it s to Lyon s considerable credit that The Golden Mean convinces you you re in the great man s mind. Questions of philosophy, spirituality, sexuality and politics are all posed here, but in a narrative voice that s sensually charged, keenly intelligent and darkly sometimes very darkly funny. The Toronto Star

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