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Maze Maker, the (1967) [Novel]
by Michael Ayrton Rating: Weighted - 8.6 / Average - 9.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (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
Original languages: English


Genre: MythologyReinterpretations
FictionHistoricalAncient World (Greece, Rome, etc)Greece

Edition #1: Maze Maker, the

Maze Maker, the (1967)
Awards: The W.H. Heinemann Award (1967)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "A brilliant evocation of the distant past with a message for our times." Newsday
  • "This unique and original novel should blaze a brilliant place for itself...Mr. Ayrton, sculptor-turned-novelist, makes the world of mythology a superbly real place." Publishers Weekly
  • "A book of rich texture and memorable qualities. It speaks to all of us about out nature and our time...The mystery of making, of creation, is at its heart." Edmund Fuller, for the Wall Street Journal
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The Maze Maker (1975)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0380002841
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Pages: 277

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The Maze Maker (1967)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston

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