In the Shape of a Boar
Paul Revere's daughter describes her father's rides and the intelligence network of the patriot community prior to the American Revolution.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 140 x 210 x 22mm | 367g
- 01 Jan 2003
- Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
- New York, United States
Back cover copy
What really matters? The truth? Or what people think? This question plagues thirteen-year-old Sarah Revere, daughter of the famous patriot Paul Revere. Who fired the first shot at Lexington? Does Paul Revere know? Sarah struggles with these questions and looks back at all that has happened since her father began his series of rides for the patriots. Dr. Joseph Warren, a friend of her fathers becomes a part of the family watching over them during Paul Revere's frequent absences. But Sarah fears that Warren's best interest is in her stepmother. As Sarah is left with her own personal war.
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In the Shape of a Boar links pre-history with the darkest events of the twentieth century and the personal history of one man in an intricate, compulsively readable tale. In pre-Homeric times, the Greek heroes - and one heroine - united one last time to hunt down the ferocious Boar of Kalydon, sent by Artemis to ravage the land. Within the ancient sources lies a darker tale - one of treachery among the hunters and a destructive love affair. Three and a half millennia later, the hunt for the Boar of Kalydon is re-enacted, and once again re-told. In the final months of the Second World War, Greek partisans pursue their quarry - an SS officer - in the same mountains the ancient Boar of Kalydon once roamed. Witness to the hunt is Sol Memel, a young Rumanian-Jewish poet fleeing for his life. Sol has lost his family and abandoned his lover, Ruth. Sol's role in the SS officer's eventual capture and killing inspires him to rewrite the ancient myth as a poem. Die Keilerjagd is acclaimed throughout post-war Europe and Sol is hailed as the voice of a generation. But Die Keilerjagd contains its own secret. When Ruth reappears twenty-five years later and proposes a film based on the writing of the poem, Sol finds himself cast as the quarry in this new telling of the tale. Under the camera's unforgiving lens, the ghosts of Sol's wartime past materialise - behind them stand the ghosts of ancient Greece, the long-dead heroes who hold the truth behind the story of the original hunt.show moreby Michael John Meredith