Orpheus Lost by Janette Turner Hospital

Orpheus Lost by Janette Turner HospitalBook club book #5:

The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice: 

Orpheus was the son of one of the Muses and a Tracian princess, he was given the gift of music. He fell in love with Eurydice and they were married. After the wedding Eurydice fell into a nest of vipers and died. Orpheus was overcome with grief that he travelled to the underworld and played his music which softened the hearts of Hades. He was allowed to take Eurydice back to earth on one condition: that he would walk in front of her and not look back until they both had reached the upper world.

Just as Orpheus had reached the upper world, in his anxiety, he turned to look at Eurydice, but she had not yet reached the upper world and she vanishes forever.

This was my pick for book club and a novel that had been sitting on my ‘to read’ list for a while. I was a little hesitant to choose this book for book club because I wasn’t sure how the girls would take it, it’s definitely in my scope of reading, but I was scared it’d be a bit too literary for some others. But I didn’t have any other choices prepared and the girls just told me to run with this one.

A lyrically written reimagining of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, this story had a lot of unexpected twists and turns. I personally loved it, I loved the flow of the writing and the intense storytelling and the vivid imagery that was painted across the page. Stunning. Though I don’t think book club loved it as much as I did, which I felt was a shame, but I hope my beef bourguignon and pana cotta made up for it.

It’s the story of a young Australian musician, Mishka, who had an unusual upbringing and an exceptional gift in music and is studying at Harvard university in Boston where he meets an equally brilliant young woman who has the gift of maths. The math of music. The two live an intense, rich in music and mathematics love life, sheltered by their love of one another, when Mishka is pulled out of the world because of extraordinary circumstances and Leela must go to the underworld to save him.

If you love your ancient history and poetic story telling (both things I love) then you’ll enjoy this book. If that sounds a little heavy for you, give it  a miss. 🙂

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