The Sweet Girl

The Sweet Girl

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Pythias is her father's daughter. A slave to his own curiosity and intellect, Aristotle has never been able to resist wit in another--even in a girl child who should be content with the kitchen, the loom and a life dictated by the womb. Pytho is smart, able to best his own students in debate and match wits with a roomful of Athenian philosophers. Pythias must suffer that argument, but she is also (mostly) secure in her father's regard. But when Alexander dies a thousand miles from Athens, Aristotle and his family are forced to flee to Chalcis. Ailing, mourning and broken in spirit, Aristotle soon dies. His orphaned daughter, only 16, finds out that the world is a place of superstition, not logic, and that a girl can be played upon by gods and goddesses, as much as by grown men and women.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2012.
ISBN: 9780307359445
0307359441
Branch Call Number: FIC Lyon
Characteristics: 236 pages

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“The intimate and the infinite are tangled together in this incandescent book, lit by Aristotle’s bright spark of a daughter. Lucid even in nightmare, The Sweet Girl slips sideways around the philosopher to examine the lives of girls and women when we were not yet human.”
—Marina Endicott, auth... Read More »


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joalo
Oct 01, 2013

Disappointing- not nearly so intense or thought provoking as The Golden Mean- although there were moments....

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gloryb
Jun 19, 2013

An easy read, this book, with its teenage characters and theme of self-realization, could be suitable for older young adults, with a caution about sexual content. The story is about the childhood and teen years of Aristotle's daughter and is told from her point of view. It ends with her marriage, the start of her own family, and possibly carrying on like her father by becoming a teacher to girls. I liked the book for its portrayal and role of women in Ancient Greece and how Aristotle taught his daughter to not conform to society's expectations.

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JLMason
May 05, 2013

This sequel to the Golden Mean is not as interesting or compelling as its predecessor. The daily grind of everyday Greek life, including frequent mentions of "using the pot" was, frankly, slow and a bit boring. What little conflict is in the book was muted and hence there was no sense of anticipation or worry for the characters, just more use of the pot!

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becker
Sep 30, 2012

I really enjoyed the beginning of this book but around the middle it fizzled out completely for me.

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