by Laurie Gray
Myrto is the second wife of Socrates. Historians disagree on whether or not Myrto existed because Plato never mentioned her, although others from that time period did, but this book assumes she did. Myrto has no dowry, so she is married to Socrates, who takes her gladly. At first, Myrto is hesitant about the relationship. Socrates is much older than her, and his first wife, Xanthippe, is quick to anger and terrifies Myrto. In order to avoid Xanthippe, Myrto goes into town everyday with Socrates and learns with his pupils. Through these lessons, Myrto’s relationship with Socrates and his son grows.
This was a peaceful book. Nothing much happened as Myrto discovered herself and found her place in the world. The way she questioned everything did begin to grate on me, but I think that style of thinking was part of the point of the book. The writing was clear, but the characters were a bit undeveloped.
This is a 2.8. Not a fantastic book, but not terrible. It’s good for people who like historical fiction and simple pondering. It manages to skim over the repetitive days at a good pace and introduce some of the lifestyle of Ancient Greece. It’s like a cracker. It’s a little dry, but pretty good. Kind of plain, but still enjoyable, and there are people who really like crackers and would really enjoy this book.