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Book Thoughts: The Burial at Thebes (Seamus Heaney, Sophocles)

Heaney, Seamus - The Burial at Thebes

★★★★★☆☆

Title: The Burial At Thebes: Sophocles’ Antigone
Author: Seamus Heaney (adaptation)
Genre: Poetry / Play
First published: 2004
Edition: Paperback, published by Faber & Faber in 2005

It took me few pages before I got into this short story of verses, but when it ended I felt sad it had. This is a sad story of a new king who won’t allow an opposing warrior a proper burial. When Antigone, the warrior’s sister performs burial rites despite it being forbidden, she is sentenced to death.

I had not expected to like this as much as I did. My rating is hesitant as I am not sure how to rate such a short, but powerful work of tragedy. It was classical, but very readable. I have not read the original, so I cannot compare, but it makes me want to check it out, and when adaptations do that, it is a wonderful thing.

I thoroughly enjoyed this little book and I have rated it as such.  I am glad I finally picked it off my shelves to read.

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