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Pandora: The instant no.1 Sunday Times bestseller

Pandora: The instant no.1 Sunday Times bestseller

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Mary Shelley famously incorporated the theme of Prometheus into Frankenstein, and CS Lewis drew on Ovid’s Metamorphoses in his 1956 novel Till We Have Faces. Go back to what your mother taught you': TV presenter Susannah Constantine on the six money-saving hacks that helped her cut energy use on laundry by a THIRD! Immediately sympathised with the character of Dora and her struggles trying to find independence and freedom in a patriarchal society. Her namesake opens the box, and bears the consequences; but this Pandora doesn’t take that kind of decisive action. Tak jak ogromnie urzekł mnie jej klimat, tak uważam, że portrety bohaterów mogłoby być dużo lepiej rozwinięte i przedstawione, a sama fabuła dużo płynniejsza.

Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman | Goodreads Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman | Goodreads

We are taken on a voyage of discovery and a journey into a dangerous web of fraud and deception, as the plot thickens, and the revelations expose duplicitous and illegal activities, and Dora must face truths she is not ready to accept. But why has her uncle been hiding this spectacular vase if this is what could help put him on the map and be legit? Together with the help of a bookbinder Edward Lawrence, they try to figure out the origin and authenticity of the vase but what will this unleash? For fans of Madeline Miller's Circe, a stunning debut following Clytemnestra, the most notorious villainess of the ancient world and the events that forged her into the legendary queen.

Pandora is a narrator rather than a hero, observing with a cruel eye for detail that seeps into other characters’ narration, too – one London lane “teems like maggots in an open sore”, and the book is filled with people described as “fleshy” or with “too many chins”, or followed by the smell of rotting meat. And the identity hinted at for one particular side character near the end of novel was a very fun touch. To try and find answers and stop her uncle, Dora befriends Edward, a book binder who wants to become a full-time antiquarian scholar. I found the segments detailing facets of the antiquarian trade and illegal practices in the sale of valuable artifacts prevalent in that era very interesting. What are your thoughts about women and agency in the Georgian period, and how well did the author represent them in Pandora?

Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman | Waterstones Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman | Waterstones

This is one of those stories that I’m not sure I would have enjoyed to quite this extent had I read it with only my eyes instead of my ears.I love a Greek myth, so a historical late-18th century mystery centred around Pandora's Box was always going to be intriguing, and after reading the sampler, I coudn't wait to read this book. the story definitely could have been condensed, the dialogue could have been tighter, the references could have been more seamless, and the narrative itself could have had more consistency. I loved the fact that I couldn’t decide whether or not there was a touch of magical realism to this book.

Pandora – HarperCollins Pandora – HarperCollins

While anyone else who touches it or means it harm is instantly cursed, Dora continues to be the only one to open it and she uses its Greek inscriptions and drawings as inspiration for her jewellery. Each character additionally has their own mysteries and secrets to them and I was turning the pages to discover more!

In the eighteenth-century there was a distinct divide between the concept of ‘legal’ acquisition of antiquities (the excavations made by William Hamilton, for instance) and the acquisition of antiquities on the black-market. It is both brilliant and infuriating in its sheer scale and narrative styling, and one of the greatest literary achievements of the 20th century. With a convoluted plot full of buried family histories and fantastical archaeological theories, Pandora is a readable, solid debut. greek mythology retellings have been sooo overdone lately, so it was quite refreshing to read something thats inspired by a myth, but set in a completely different historical context.

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