Golden mean book annabel lyon

Supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. The golden mean by annabel lyon is a great historical novel based on true events. The golden mean by annabel lyon 2009 random house canada 2009 304 pp i was definitely wary before beginning the golden mean. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of the golden mean by annabel lyon. Sep 06, 2011 annabel lyons spare, fluid, utterly convincing prose pulls us headlong into aristotles original mind. Fearful of the boys appetite for conquest, the great philosopher. The questions raised by the golden mean will be familiar to readers of the new republic and the book. No holds barred, annabel lyons triumphant the golden mean is an intelligent, savvy yet unflinching and parsimonious glimpse into the life and times of aristotle 384 bc 322 bc. Oct 25, 2009 the golden mean by annabel lyon 2009 random house canada 2009 304 pp i was definitely wary before beginning the golden mean. Annabel lyon published her first book, oxygen, a collection of stories, in 2000.

Aristotles resentment at his situation is soon overcome by the boys intellectual potential and his capacity for surprise. About annabel lyon annabel lyon is the author of the novel the golden mean, a bestseller in canada that won the rogers writers trust fiction prize, was shortlisted for the scotiabank giller prize and the governorgenerals award, and has been translated into fourteen more about annabel lyon. Jul 02, 2010 annabel lyon crafts prose that has been nominated for a slew of awards and earned her a reputation as a deft literary stylist. Mcintyre 2009 rogers writers trust fiction prize, a finalist for the scotiabank giller prize and the governor generals award. She wants to hear that once upon a time, apollo did this or that to a nymph and snow was the result. Vital, ferocious and true, the golden mean is an oracular vision of the past made present. Annabel lyon from the awardwinning author of the golden mean, a captivating, wholly transporting new novel that follows aristotles strongwilled daughter as she shapes her own destiny. Buy the paperback book the golden mean by annabel lyon at indigo. Aug 14, 2009 the golden mean is a crisply written, painstakingly researched book, and lyon ably inhabits the greatest mind of all time hardly a mean feat. Buy the golden mean by annabel lyon online at alibris. Peek inside the book you who understand what a human mind can be, how can you bear it. Given the subtitle, it risks hubris from the outset, as the noted philosopher who narrates describes his journey from athens accompanied by his young wife pythias and apprentice callisthenes to macedon, at the imperious. Annabel lyon is the author of the novel the golden mean, a bestseller in canada that won the rogers writers trust fiction prize, was shortlisted for the scotiabank giller prize and the governorgenerals award, and has been translated into fourteen. In the end, the historical alexander and the historical aristotle are brighter figures for lyons spitpolish of their statues.

Annabel lyon is the author of the novel the golden mean, a bestseller in canada that won the rogers writers trust fiction prize, was shortlisted for the. Aristotle is initially reluctant to set aside his own ambitions in order to tutor the rebellious son of his boyhood. Only lyons greathearted intelligence could have imagined and achieved the brave ambition of this book. In lyons novel the golden mean, a scotia giller prize finalist, aristotle narrates his time spent mentoring king philips son, the boy who would become known for all of history as alexander the great. On the orders of his boyhood friend, now king philip of macedon, a. The golden mean book surrey libraries bibliocommons. This vivid imagining of the encounter between aristotle and the young. The golden mean book charlotte mecklenburg library. I feel its delivered its payload of meaning and philosophical pondering to me. Her first novel, the golden mean, was published in 2009 to great acclaim.

Nothing worse than not being able to connect to the characters. At the novels start, aristotle is in his early forties, his major treatises still ahead of him. He was only in his early 20s when he became a king, and died at the age of 32. Review of the golden mean by annabel lyon, plus backstory and other interesting facts about the book. Annabel lyons novel imagines how aristotles genius influenced a young alexander the great. Apr 15, 2014 annabel lyons spare, fluid, utterly convincing prose pulls us headlong into aristotles original mind. Discover other books like this, author exclusives, and more. 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. I said that many of the books i admire contain some element of risk for the writer, some aspect that extends the author beyond his or her comfort zone. It is a historical fiction told from the first person narrator aristotle. 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 kings adolescent sons.

In lyon s novel the golden mean, a scotia giller prize finalist, aristotle narrates his time spent mentoring king philips son, the boy who would become known for all of history as alexander the great. The bond between teacher and student occupies the center of canadian lyons debut novel covering the three years during which aristotle. Annabel lyon won prizes in her native canada for her noteperfect historical novel the golden mean atlantic. Aristotle must postpone his dream of succeeding plato at the academy in athens when he is forced to tutor alexander, a prince of macedon. Canadian author annabel lyon s historical novel the golden mean creates a deeply imagined image of aristotles life in the macedonian capital of pella, where he tutored the young alexander. The golden mean author annabel lyon original book format hardcover number of pages 304 pages filetype pdf epub mobi kindle filesize 7. In her historical novel the golden mean 2009, canadian author annabel. It tells the story of aristotle and the young alexander. Free shipping and pickup in store on eligible orders. Annabel lyons the golden mean is an audacious novel about aristotles tutoring of the hotblooded young warrior alexander the great in the years before he becomes king of macedon at age twenty.

Jul 19, 2011 the questions raised by the golden mean will be familiar to readers of the new republic and the book. And canadian author annabel lyon has gone a long way back to find her story in the golden mean an aging aristotle is recruited by philip of macedon to tutor his young son, alexander not yet the great, but he will be and introduce some thoughtful moderation into a royal life that is, and will always be, based on action. The golden mean by annabel lyon 2010, cd for sale online ebay. Aristotles quirky, scientific view of life unfolds in language that is startlingly contemporary, both in the sense of modern and of rooted in 4th. This, then, is a virtuous work, though fibrous, fatfree and rarely what youd call fun. With the golden mean, annabel lyon revives ancient ethics. The golden mean is a crisply written, painstakingly researched book, and lyon ably inhabits the greatest mind of all time hardly a mean feat. The golden mean random house canada, 2009 by annabel lyon is a great book. Knopf copyright 2009 by annabel lyon all rights reserved. Annabel lyons spare, fluid, utterly convincing prose pulls us headlong into aristotles original mind.

The golden mean, her first novel, is a canadian bestseller and is being published in six languages. Buy a cheap copy of the golden mean book by annabel lyon. Its about alexander iii of macedon also known as alexander the great who was a young and a powerful greek emperor who ruled the largest western empire of the ancient world. An early illness has left one son with the intellect of a child. Annabel lyon born 1971 is a canadian novelist and shortstory writer. Annabel lyon s story collection, oxygen, and book of novellas, the best thing for you, were published in canada to wide acclaim. Annabel lyon crafts prose that has been nominated for a slew of awards and earned her a reputation as a deft literary stylist. The fourth century bce comes eccentrically alive in this awardwinning debut historical novel from a canadian short story writer the best thing for you, 2004, etc. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including toronto life, the journey prize anthology.

It won the rogers writers trust fiction prize and was nominated for the scotiabank giller prize, the governor generals award for fiction, and the commonwealth writers prize. Alexander sums up the experience of the golden mean quite well. In this alarmingly confident and transporting debut novel, lyon offers us that rarest of treats. Divinity for me is that very plume of birds, the patterns of stars, the recurrence of seasons. I didnt give this one a 10, though i considered it, because it pushed me a bit past my personal comfort level regarding contemporary idiom used in historical fiction. Keenly intelligent and brilliantly rendered, the golden mean is a bold reimagining of one of historys most intriguing relationshipsthat between the legendary philosopher aristotle and his most famous pupil, alexander the great. Canadian author annabel lyons historical novel the golden mean creates a deeply imagined image of aristotles life in the macedonian capital of pella, where he tutored the young alexander. The golden mean engenders in the reader the same helpless sensitivity to the ferocious beauty of the world that is aristotles disease.

Buy this book the bond between teacher and student occupies the. She has written two books for children, all season edie 2009 and encore edie 2010. The golden mean by annabel lyon penguin random house canada. Canadian author annabel lyons historical novel the golden mean creates a deeply imagined image of aristotles life in the macedonian capital of pella, where. The golden mean by annabel lyon is the story of the nearly seven years aristotle spent as the tutor of alexander, the son and heir of king philip of macedon. Her first novel, the golden mean, which imagines the relationship between alexander the. The best thing for you, a collection of three novellas, followed in 2004 and was nominated for the ethel wilson fiction prize. This is an intimate portrait of aristotle as a kind man with the judgement to survive brutal court politics. Annabel lyons story collection, oxygen, and book of novellas, the best thing for you, were published in canada to wide acclaim. Vital, ferocious, and true, the golden mean is an oracular vision of the past made present.

The historical novel tells a story of the greek philosopher. The golden mean, her first novel, is a canadian best seller and is being published in six languages. In mathematics, the principle of the golden mean refers to a series of numbers in which each new number is the sum of the. Annabel lyons aristotle is the most fully realized historical character in contemporary fiction. Aug 01, 2011 no holds barred, annabel lyon s triumphant the golden mean is an intelligent, savvy yet unflinching and parsimonious glimpse into the life and times of aristotle 384 bc 322 bc. The golden mean, by annabel lyon i did a reading at mcmaster university a few weeks ago, and during the break found myself talking to a student about taking risks in ones writing.

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