The Sweet Girl

The Sweet Girl

Annabel Lyon / May 25, 2019

The Sweet Girl From the award winning author of The Golden Mean a captivating wholly transporting new novel that follows Aristotle s strong willed daughter as she shapes her own destiny an unexpected love story a

  • Title: The Sweet Girl
  • Author: Annabel Lyon
  • ISBN: 9780857899521
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the award winning author of The Golden Mean, a captivating, wholly transporting new novel that follows Aristotle s strong willed daughter as she shapes her own destiny an unexpected love story, a tender portrait of a girl and her father, and an astonishing journey through the underbelly of a supposedly enlightened society Aristotle has never been able to resist a keFrom the award winning author of The Golden Mean, a captivating, wholly transporting new novel that follows Aristotle s strong willed daughter as she shapes her own destiny an unexpected love story, a tender portrait of a girl and her father, and an astonishing journey through the underbelly of a supposedly enlightened society Aristotle has never been able to resist a keen mind, and Pythias is certainly her father s daughter besting his brightest students, refusing to content herself with a life circumscribed by the kitchen, the loom, and, eventually, a husband Into her teenage years, she is protected by the reputation of her adored father, but with the death of Alexander the Great, her fortunes suddenly change Aristotle s family is forced to flee Athens for a small town, where the great philosopher soon dies, and orphaned Pythias quickly discovers that the world is not a place of logic after all, but one of superstition As threats close in on her a rebellious household, capricious gods and goddesses she will need every ounce of wit she possesses, and the courage to seek refuge where she least expects it.

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      • Annabel Lyon

        Annabel Lyon was born in 1971 Her first book of fiction, the short story collection Oxygen Porcupine s Quill, 2000 , was published to wide acclaim, and was nominated for the Danuta Gleed and ReLit awards Her short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Toronto Life, The Journey Prize Anthology, and Write Turns New Directions in Canadian Fiction Lyon is also a frequent contributor to the Vancouver Sun and The Globe and Mail In addition to creative writing, Annabel Lyon has studied music, philosophy, and law She lives in Vancouver, where she writes full time.


    754 Comments

    1. Volela bih da me neko prosvetli jer zaista ne kapiram šta se izdešavalo u poslednjih sto stranica, i poentu svega toga. Knjiga izgleda kao da je sklepana na brzinu, jer ima toliko vidljivih propusta i nerazjašnjenih stvari da ne znam od čega da počnem. Sažetak knjige zvuči obećavajuće - ćerka se bori sa svojim ocem za kontrolu nas svojim životom, pored toga je ljubavna priča u centru fabule. Zanimljivo, jer odnos oca i kćerke iako neuobičajen za to vreme, ipak nije kakav je opisan. [...]


    2. I wish was a) brave enough to do a video review or b) lived near all of you so I could just gush in person about this book, which would be easier than trying to write down with words how reading it made me feel. I loved this book -- it broke my heart about ten times -- and I found Lyon's writing style beautifully sharp, modern, slightly magical, a teeensy bit mysterious, and very, very human.Set in 4th century BCE, the novel follows Pythias, beloved daughter of Aristotle. Brilliant, but not pret [...]


    3. Ne preporučujem nikomeKao prvo sažetak knjige nema veze sa istom. "Neočekivana ljubavna priča"? Nema je. Čak i ova nazoviljubav između muškaraca (da, množina) prema Pitiji je minimalna. "Ova knjiga se bavi duhovnom borbom između oca i kćeri za kontrolu nad njenom budućnošću"? Neema. Odnos njih dvoje jeste neobičan za to vreme, ali je to i očekivano za Aristotela i njegovu ćerku- borbe nema. "Upoznaćemo se sa sazrevanjem devojke" SAZREVANJEM? Nema. Stil pisanja očajan (ili je do [...]


    4. I won this book through the first-read contest. I would have given three stars if the book ended on page 117, but since it did not and I have to rate the entire book I will give it two stars only. I hate writing a negative review for a book that is not even on the market yet, but a review must be truthful. So here it goesTo start, the title is wrong for this book. There was nothing sweet about this story; even the main character would rather have salt over sweets. The first half was interesting. [...]


    5. DNF at 27%. Don’t get me wrong, this is not the worst book I’ve ever read by a long shot, but I just can’t put up with the silliness. The writing style is very simplistic, and it feels like this book is aimed at a juvenile reading level. The text is peppered with As You Know Bob moments (tvtropes/pmwiki/pmwikip) – where an information dump is attempted to be disguised by a character telling us or another character information that they already know full well – and here it’s done in s [...]


    6. "Pythias is her father's daughter, with eyes his exact shade of unlovely, intelligent grey. 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. And oh his little Pytho is smart, able to best his own students in debate and match wits with a roomful of Athenian philosophers. Is she a freak or a harbinger of what women can really be? Pythias must suf [...]


    7. The Sweet Girl by Annabel Lyon is a historical fiction novel in the time of ancient Greece, a story focused on the beloved and only daughter, Pythias, called Pytho, of the philosopher, Aristotle.When I first opened the novel to the formal list of the Cast of Characters, as I might in reading a Shakespearean play, I was a tad intimidated with the ancient Greek names: Pythias, Herpyllis, Nicomachus, Tycho, Pyrrhaios, Glycera, Euphanor, and Nicanor. As beautiful as they sounded as they rolled off m [...]


    8. Last but not least, Annabel Lyon’s The Sweet Girl was the thirteenth and final novel in my Giller longlist reading. I didn’t know much about either the author or the novel going in, which in some respects is a shame since after finishing the book I discovered that Lyon’s previous novel, The Golden Mean, is somewhat of a prequel to this latest offering as it chronicles Aristotle’s time spent mentoring a young Alexander the Great. The Sweet Girl, which can be read stand alone, picks up muc [...]


    9. This book took me by surprise. I did not quite know what to make of it. First, it started off with a child's voice. Simple. I was not all that interested, though I kept reading. The idea of giving the daughter of Aristotle some history was fascinating to me. As she aged, the writing got more lively and intelligent and Lyon has her own unique style that captivated me. And I could relate to Pythias, the introspective, gawky, untamed daughter of the master philosopher who fights for a place in soci [...]


    10. The Sweet Girl follows Pythias, the daughter of Arisotle, through her father's death and subsequent events. This is a rich and powerful account of female life in the ancient world. The subtlety of the narrative is beautifully crafted and is probably what led to my feeling so wound up about what happens to Pytho. We see the little signs as she does, and we feel their consequences just as strongly. For example, when, in adolescence, she is no longer welcome to shadow her father at his symposiums o [...]


    11. A good, quick read. On the minuses it was a bit vague for me, though I know this is probably due to lack of historical information about Pythias. But I felt that the story (only 230 pages) was a bit skimming. I was also a bit thrown by the first few chapters where the girl talks extensively about her period, which unfortunately might turn off many readers (i.e. men especially)On the plus, it is an interesting story about a girl in a bad situation who is relatable, and who you can root for. The w [...]


    12. A sequel to her much-ballyhooed The Golden Mean (2009), B.C. writer Annabel Lyon's The Sweet Girl is also a coming-of-age novel.The first explored the prime of the Greek philosopher Aristotle in the fourth century BCE, the second a tumultuous year in the life of his teenage daughter, Pythias.The first is about striving for balance, the second, the struggle to survive.Rest assured, The Sweet Girl - recently longlisted for Canada's Giller Prize - has inherited its predecessor's marvellous ability [...]


    13. Generally, I liked the premise of this book. The time period (shortly before Alexander's death and in the immediate aftermath) is a very interesting one in Greece. Hellenistic Greece has just begun to take a shape which will be further defined by Alexander's successors. Aristotle himself is also an interesting character, as a Macedonian philosopher living in Athens. The role of women is a great topic to choose, as it was evolving slowly at this point between Classical Greece and the Roman Empire [...]


    14. This review and others can be found on Cozy Up With A Good ReadI want to start out by saying that you do not need to read THE GOLDEN MEAN to understand what happens in THE SWEET GIRL (I was a little afraid of that when I started). Though I do believe it could be useful at times, it definitely is not necessary. I have always been a huge fan of historical fiction and I'm always interested when I find books like THE SWEET GIRL. I studied a bit of philosophy in university and it was always so captiv [...]


    15. This is a historical fiction novel about Aristotle's daughter, Pythias. The first part of the book is about her growth from a girl to a young woman, what it's like living in her father's house and being a woman in her society, and Aristotle becoming persona non grata in Athens and having to leave town. Then when Aristotle dies, Pythias's life changes abruptly and she has to figure out how to make it on her own. I thought the first part of the book was pretty good, but I had the same complaint as [...]


    16. While the story does continue from "The Golden Mean," Lyon did a great job with this book on it's own merit. I also want to add that Lyon also does a great job with weaving modern issues with a narrative about Ancient Greece.Page 12"For me, it was swimming," Daddy says."And what about you, sweet?" Akakios says to me. "Puppies, is it? Kittens?""All kinds of animals, really," I say.Daddy's lips twitch, as I intended. "And she's a great help around the house," he offers.Akakios waves this away. "Yo [...]


    17. One-Minute ReviewEver since Annabel Lyon's The Golden Mean was published, a second book was rumoured. The Sweet Girl turns to Pythias, Aristotle's daughter, to tell the story of his final years, death, and her own life as a young adult. Lyon's new book is, in my view, one of those rare occasions where the sequel improves on an already great original. As well-written and fascinating as The Golden Mean is, it sometimes loses its pace. On the other hand, The Sweet Girl maintains a perfect tempo as [...]


    18. I was disappointed to learn that most of the plot of this novel is fabricated and has little to do with the history of Aristotle's life. I guess there is not too much known about it other than who he was married to, the names of his children, and their dates. I like historical fiction that is a little more "historical." The story is inferred from who Aristotle was and where he lived, Athens and Chalcis.The voice of the narrator, the philosopher's daughter Pythias, is quite convincing though. She [...]


    19. I discarded this one after reading the first 60 pages. I started the novel because I thought it would be a historical novel about ancient Greece, featuring Aristotle (and his daughter!). While the setting is ancient Greece, and Aristotle is present, there are none of the historical details that make historical novels so interesting. Instead, the first-person narrator (the daughter) is more interested in her relationships with the people who live in her household. Those relationships include thin [...]


    20. The follow-up to The Golden Mean, this quick and engaging book about Aristotle's daughter in the immediate time before and after his death did not grip me quite as thoroughly as its precursor. I enjoyed once again being transported to ancient Greece where people's faith in gods, monsters and traditions mingled clumsily with the birth of modern philosophy and medicine, but something was lacking. Was it that the players were not as high profile as Aristotle and Alexander and therefore less interes [...]


    21. Beautiful writing and a portrayal of ancient life that surprised me. I appreciated pondering the difficulty Aristotle's daughter might have had after his death and the lack of status women in general suffered. Not hard to believe that, of course. But the modern sounding vernacular put me off and I felt the story was incomplete. Aristotle's daughter went on to have several marriages, not just the one on which the book ends. I feel we would have benefited from knowing how the rest of her life went [...]


    22. This book had the potential to be so much more, instead it sank beneath the waters falling below almost to failure. The story of the daughter in Athens, that seemed to have no revelence later on in the book, but also was one of the stronger parts of the book. The biggest failure in the book it during the muddled climaxes: I just DID NOT CARE! I won't say this book is wholey bad, and it's a good little read for a type of romance/love novel that isn't really deep (alas puddle deep par for the cour [...]


    23. The first part of this book was really good but the second part got strange. For some inexplicable reason the author decided to introduce some of the Ancient Greek gods and goddess as characters but then they disappeared just as suddenly as they appeared. I feel like the author didn't know what to do with the second part of the book and so she threw the main character into a bunch of different vignettes of what life was like. Another complaint I have is this book has no chapters so there is no l [...]


    24. What would life be like if you had been Aristotle's daughter? Overall, this story is pretty lovely. Went from realism to a little surrealism at the end, with some mythology thrown in to boot(which made reading it on a tablet better because could quickly refer to for help). Pythos's relationship with Aristotle reminded me a lot of my relationship with my dad


    25. Parts I and III of this novel are are wonderful as Ms. Lyon's first volume, "The Golden Mean". However, part II reads like a strange, mystical trip that I can't get a grip ond it threw me completely out of the story, after being absorbed in it for quite a while. Luckily, the gorgeous prose doesn't desert any section of this novel.


    26. Although the story had a promising beginning, the trials that Pythias faced throughout her journey felt truncated, as though they could have been affecting had they been more thoroughly explored. I felt disappointed and frustrated as I struggled to connect to the character.


    27. so many readers hated the second half of this book. I thought it was stronger than the first. the vagueness reminded me of Wolf Hall (and I see Mantel blurbed this book) and loved the dream like quality.




    28. An odd book, which got increasingly more strange and ridiculous as it went on. I was expecting something much better than this, based upon reviews and high ratings given it by others.


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