Antigone comes from the Greek tragedy, she is Oedipus daughter, and sister of Eteocles and Polynices, in war for Thebe’s throne after their father’s death. During the war both of them die, and Antigone’s uncle Creon becomes king. He issues an edict about his death nephews: Eteocles – the previous king – is a hero, while Polynices is the traitor, and he must not be buried and no death rites should be performed for him.
Antigone goes against the law, because the two deaths are both her brothers, and the king condemns her to die. This way begins Antigone and Creon’s fate, and the story ends tragically.
The book is a re-writing of the tragedy by Ali Smith, and the result is wonderful: a raven tells the story of the girl, the narration is linear, the story is clear and there is the plus of nice illustrations. I liked Antigone’s story, and I think this book could help others appreciate the story and the classic myths.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.
* The story of Antigone by Ali Smith ★★★★★
*I read this book in english