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House of Names by Colm Tóibín

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August 2017, no. 393
Robert Dessaix reviews 'House of Names' by Colm Tóibín

House of Names

by Colm Tóibín

Picador $29.99 hb, 262 pp, 9781760551421

House of Names by Colm Tóibín

Reviewed by
August 2017, no. 393

House of Names is a grim book, as any retelling of Aeschylus’s Oresteia is bound to be. It is a tale to harrow up your soul, to make your two eyes start from their spheres – or at least, it is until ten pages before the end, when Elektra cracks the book’s first joke and the tone becomes a touch mellower.

Robert Dessaix reviews 'House of Names' by Colm Tóibín

House of Names

by Colm Tóibín

Picador $29.99 hb, 262 pp, 9781760551421