|Maze Maker, the (1967) [Novel]|
by Michael Ayrton
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(From the publisher):
"Each man's life is a labyrinth at the center of which lies his death...It is a paradox of the labyrinth that its center appears to be the way to freedom."
The speaker is Daedalus, the cunning Greek artificer and labyrinth builder whose life and works are the core of this novel, which blends the real and the mythic worlds of ancient Greece in a stunning picutre of civilization. Ayrton's vivid portrait of the fabled master builder - a man filled with brilliant, baffled, cantankerous, and sexually ambivalent genius - reverberates with both a sense of reality, and a continuing relevance at a deeper level to all human aspirations, past and present.
Original title: The Maze Maker
Genre: Mythology→ Reinterpretations
Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Greece